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Administrative Region : West Macedonia
Regional unit : Grevena

Avdella (Greek: Αβδέλλα; Aromanian: Avdhela) is a village and a former municipality in Grevena regional unit, West Macedonia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Grevena, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It is a seasonal Vlach (Aromanian) village in the Pindus mountains, at 1250–1350 metres altitude. Its summer population is about 3000, but in the winter there are only a few watchmen. The 2001 census gives its population as 448.[2] It is notable as the birthplace of the Manakis brothers, and appears in the opening sequence of the film Ulysses' Gaze.

Avdella (*)

History

The first foundation of Avdella remains unknown, because deprived written or other testimonies and the time determination of her foundation. Perhaps it was connect the creation of settlements of mountainous cluster of Smolikas with the delivery of veterinary surgeon activity of region. Vlach families create in the beginning small familiar settlements which were fused afterwards for many reasons and became a single settlement such as current Avdella. Mainly the foundation and the joining of Avdella associated with the growth of livestock-farming which keeps pace with her development.Before 1800, the village was in the "Fantines", but the residents, mostly large families Vlach shepherds moved to the current position due to better climate.

Under Ottoman rule, Avdella was in the kaza of Grevena, Sanjak of Serfice (modern Servia), Vilayet of Monastir (modern Bitola).

Romanian school was founded in Avdella in 1867 by local Aromanian Apostol Margarit.[3] In the beginning of 20th century Avdela was a center of pro-Romanian sentiment. It was burned in October 1905 by Greek antartes because of this.[4] On 14 July| 1944, the village burned again by a group of German Nazi, which receded.Population
Year Population[5]
1928 86
1940 424
1951 6
1961 2
1971 4
1981 360
1991 130
2011 ?
Notes

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ [1].(Greek) Data from the 2001 census, at the National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΣΥΕ), www.statistics.gr
^ Ласку, Стоjка. Од историjaта на ароманскиот печат во Македониjа. Списаниjата "Братство" и "Светлина", Скопjе 2007, с. 122
^ Христо Силянов. „Освободителните борби на Македония“, том IІ, стр.264.
^ Επίτομο Γεωγραφικό Λεξικό της Ελλάδος (Geographical Dictionary of Greece), Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος, Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, εκδ. Ερμής, ΑΘήνα 2001

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