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Administrative Region : Peloponnese
Regional unit : Messinia

Filiatra (Greek: Φιλιατρά), is a town and a former municipality in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Trifylia, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It is passed by Greek National Road 9 and is located south of Kyparissia and Pyrgos, W of Kalamata and Messene and 15 km N of Gargalianoi. Its nearby communities are Armenioi or Exochori to the north and Gargalianoi to the northwest.

Subdivisions

Division of the municipality, population 9334 (2001)

Replica of the Eiffel Tower in Filiatra


Historical population
Year Town Municipal district Municipality
1981 5,139 - -
1991 6,062 7,753 -
2001 6,719 7,882 9,334

History

Filiatra was founded around the 12th and the 13th centuries. It became a new center after the ancient city of Erana of the area.

After World War II and the Greek Civil War, some of its buildings were rebuilt. Some people immigrated mostly to the developed nations and some to larger towns and cities.

About Filiatra

The weekly small newspaper for the town is Neolaia. The D Division or junior/quaternary soccer team for the town is Erani.

Filiatra has a school, a lyceum, a gymnasium, a church, a square plateia, a fountain, and banks. The square features forests surrounding the northern and the eastern part and a fountain in the middle. It also includes tables which is connected with a local restaurant and a three-storey clock tower with brown-colored bricks and a clock at the top with a white-colored wall. and The area is covered with hills filled with olive groves and some forests. Agricultural products are common including tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchinis, one from the spring and until the summer farms watermelon which is the right product with exports of hundreds of tons worldwide. The Ionian Sea is west of Filiatra.

A reproduction of the Eiffel Tower stands at the entrance to the village.

Famous people

The Liberopoulos/Lyberopoulos brothers:
Nikolaos Lyberopoulos, footballer/soccer player
Sotiris Liberopoulos, footballer/soccer player
Nikolaos Frousos, footballer/soccer player

Pavlos (Dionyssopoulos), artist

See also

List of settlements in the Messenia prefecture

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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