Irakleio (Greek: Ηράκλειο) is a suburb in the northern part of Athens, Greece, and a municipality of the Attica region. Irakleio is divided into three parts, Palaio Irakleio, Neo Irakleio and Ano Irakleio. The name dates back to ancient times. The name during the Ottoman Empire until the Greek War of Independence was known as Arakli. Irakleio is linked by an ISAP green line of the outdoor subway station. Irakleio is accessed north with two exits with the Attiki Odos (number 6)/E94 which is also accessed with GR-1/E75 (Athens - Lamia - Thessaloniki) and GR-8/E94. It is located about SE of GR-1 and Kifissou Avenue, SW of Marathon, W of Kifissias Avenue, and about 14 km N of Athens via GR-1 and about 3 km S and north of the Attiki Odos (number 6).
There are several main roads in town including one linking Pefki and Kifissia. The main street which accesses to the Olympic Stadium is to the east and Veikou Avenue is also to its east. Business include Kafemporiki Catering SA.
Farmlands used to dominate much of the landscape, including groves. During the early to mid 20th century, urban development and industrial buildings replaced much of the farmland. The industrial area are around the northern and the northeastern part of Metafmorfosi. Today, most of the land is residential. The Parnitha can be seen, as can the Penteli mountains to the northeast. The higher parts of the Aegaleo and Hymettus mountains can be seen.
Irakleio has schools, a few lyceums, gymnasia, banks, a train station, a sports centre, cinemas, post offices and squares (plateies). An old stone quarry mine is situated in the area of Ano Heraklio.
Epikinonia FM, Neo Irakleio's radio station. It is owned by this municipality. - 94.0 FM - http://www.94fm.gr
There are two football teams that compete on local leagues, Hrakleio F.C. which participates in the A Division of the local league and Ermhs Eirhnh in the C Division respectively. Both teams use as their home ground the Prasinou Lofou stadium over Attiki odos.
The earthquake of September 7, 1999 affected the area but caused minor damages.
List of municipalities of Attica
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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