Mega Dereio (Greek: Μέγα Δέρειο) is a village in the central part of the Evros regional unit in Greece. It is part of the municipal unit of Orfeas within the municipality of Soufli. Together with 6 other villages, it forms the community of Mikro Dereio. It is situated near the upper course of the river Erythropotamos, in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. In 2001 its population was 545. The Greek National Road 53 (Alexandroupoli - Mikro Dereio - Kyprinos - Ormenio) passes through the village.
Year Village population
The village was founded by the Ottoman Turks in the 14th century. It was known as Büyük Dervent in Turkish, and Голям Дервент Goljam Dervent in Bulgarian. According to Anastas Razboynikov, its population in 1830 was 700 Bulgarians and 50 Turks, in 1878 400 Bulgarians and 80 Turks and in 1912 420 Bulgarians and 80 Turks. According to professor Lyubomir Miletich, the 1912 population had around 300 Bulgarian exarchists. After a brief period of Bulgarian rule between 1913 and 1919, it became part of Greece. As a result its Bulgarian and Turkish population was exchanged with Greek refugees, mainly from today's Turkey. 300 Bulgarians moved northward into Burgas, Mokren (4 families), Zagortsi (4 families), Veselne, Mamarčevo, Sokolenči (2 families) and other villages. The name of the village was translated into Greek and became Mega Dereio.
List of settlements in the Evros regional unit
Mega Dereio on GTP Travel Pages
Mega Dereio at liternet.bg
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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