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Kopanaki (Greek: Κοπανάκι, also: Kopanakion) is a small but scenic town and a community in northwestern Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece.[1] It was the seat of the former municipality of Aetos. It is known for its olive trees, traditional circular dance and silk kerchiefs. Agriculture, specifically olive farming, is the main economic activity in the village.[1] The community Kopanaki consists of the town Kopanaki and the small villages Agios Dimitrios and Rizochori.


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Population
Year Village population Municipal district popularion
1981 1,437 -
1991 1,282 -
2001 1,429 1,624


Geography

Kopanaki is situated in the valley of a tributary of the small river Peristeri, between the Tetrazi and the Kyparissia mountains. It is 3.5 km west of Dorio, 11 km east of Kalo Nero (on the Ionian sea coast) and 39 km northwest of Kalamata. It is situated on the main road from Pyrgos and Kyparissia to Kalamata and on the metre gauge railway from Kalo Nero to Zevgolateio.


History

The ruins of a very ancient agricultural settlement near Kopanaki have been excavated in 1980.[1] During the Second World War Kopanaki was one of the first places where the Greeks began an organized resistance against the Nazi invaders.[CN]

People and Culture

Panagiotis Meltemis, (1918–1978) (born Panayiotis K. Papadopoulou), poet and a newspaper editor
The team is home to a soccer team (see Messinia Football Clubs Association) known as Diagoras

See also

List of settlements in Messenia

References

^ a b c Ioannis Broustis personal page at the Wayback Machine (archived December 2, 2008)

External links

Kopanaki at the GTP Travel Pages

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