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Examili (Εξαμίλι) is a Greek village in the Thessaloniki area.


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History of Examili

The original Examili settlement was located at the beginning of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Its name was taken from its geographical position being 6 km between the two peninsula coasts. Examili developed into a large Greek city with a fortified wall protecting the Gallipoli Peninsula from land. Since Turkish people occupation, the original settlement has been destroyed and is now a site of a Turkish army base being close to the existing Turkish town of Korukoy. Following the Turkish war, many Greeks did not survive the exodus from the Gallipoli Peninsula, however hundreds of families from Examili settled in Galatades, Northern Greece in 1921. The area being low lying was marshy and mosquitoes quickly spread malaria taking many lives. The construction of canals reclaimed the marshes, expanded farming land and improved health conditions. During this time Christos Cavornaris, understanding the problems of over population wanted to establish a new settlement for a portion of the population. Moving westward temporarily to the small settlement of Stefanya, he successfully petitioned parliament in 1921 to establish a new Examili settlement at its present site. During 1922 & 1923 the new township was planned and built. Christos Cavornaris being the founder was also nominated as Examili's first president.
Landmarks

Landmarks were also named by the locals such as:

Kato Vrisi; a permanent spring water source supplying the village.

Sovlemesi Hill (marked with a cross) and Sasakros Hill (marked with a church) were named after the local families who tendered their sheep flocks on their respective slopes
Original families

This is a list of the original families residing in Examili once the village was constructed in 1923;

Albani Anglithis Bazakli Cavornaris Diamandopoulos DimitriathisHazandoniou Hazilaskaris Hazinicolau Kakouras Magiris Mickalaci Psalti Sasakaro Thamaschino Yiannico
Sources

Examili website on zoomshare.com, retrieved December 8, 2006 (article published with permission)

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