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Administrative Region : West Greece
Regional unit : Ilia

Gastouni (Greek: Γαστούνη) is a town and a former municipality in Elis, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pineios, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[1] Distance is 10 km (6 mi) south of Lechaina, 16 km (10 mi) from Kyllini Baths, 28 km (17 mi) from Pyrgos, 12 km (7 mi) NW of Amaliada and 70 km (43 mi) SW of Patras. Its population is 7,524. It sits south of the Pineios River. The neighboring communities are Vartholomio to the west, Kavasila in the north, Agia Mavra in the NE, Koroivos in the east, Savalia in the SE and Palaiochori in the south. GR-9/E55 since the late-1980s bypasses Gastouni. Most of the residential houses lie east of the old GR-9. Elevation is about 4 to 5 m above sea level. A Byzantine church of the Panagia Katholiki is two-columned and built in the 12th century.


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The town has a factory and a junkyard to the east. It is known for a tomato paste factory which is owned by Pelargos S.A., and line up lasts up to the new national highway (GR-9).

Gastouni has a church, kindergarten schools, schools, lyceums (middle school), gymnasia (secondary school), a town square, a market town, and a train station next to the divided road to the dam. Forests are founded in the northeast, and 2 km (1 mi) southeast while mixed farming surrounds Gastouni except to the south.


Subdivisions

The municipal unit Gastouni is subdivided into the following communities:

Gastouni
Kardiakafti
Kavasila
Koroivos
Lefkochori
Palaiochori
Roupaki


Population history
Year Town population Municipality population
1981 4,751 -
1991 5,883 9,350
2001 7,524 11,523

People

Nikos Kachtitis, writer
The Sisinis family
Chrysanthos Sisinis
Georgios Sisinis or Sissinis, one of the famous Greek revolutionary leaders of the area


In film

The town name is featured in two of the Kitsos films including Praktor Kitsos kalei... Gastouni (1967) and Gambros ap' ti Gastouni (1967), some of them are set in this town.

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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