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Nestorio (Greek: Νεστόριο, Nestório; Macedonian: Нестрам (Nestram); Bulgarian: Нѐсрам (Nesram) [1][2]) is a municipality in the Kastoria peripheral unit of Macedonia, Greece. Nestorio is a small picturesque village 28 km southwestwards of Kastoria, at the banks of the river Aliakmon.


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The village is particularly famous for its several days long annual late July, rock festival, River Party [1]. It started in 1978. Most people camp out on specially prepared grounds in the forest near the stage. The bands come from the Greek rock scene, especially from Athens and Thessaloniki and with foreign guests, including from the wider region. Visitors also participate in extreme games [2]

Municipality

Division of the municipality

Nea Kotyli

The new municipality Nestorio was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[3]

Akrites
Arrenes
Gramos
Nestorio


Subdivisions

The municipal unit of Nestorio is divided into the following communities:

Kypseli
Kotyli
Nestorio
Ptelea


History

The area was ruled by the Ottomans until the Balkan Wars of 1913. There was 2 700 inhabitants in Nestorio in the beginning of the twentieth century and most of them were slavophone (slavic speaking) orthodox christians and a few of them vlachs. In the early 20 th century the majority of the inhabitants of Nestorio accept the rule of the Bulgarian Exarchate. According to the statistics of Vasil Kanchov (Macedonia. Ethnography and Statistics) the inhabitants of Nestorio in 1900 were Bulgarians[4]. Nestorio, along with the rest of southern Macedonia, was incorporated into Greece in 1913 following the Balkan Wars. After World War II and the Greek Civil War, many of its buildings were rebuilt. Following the post-WWII trend in the Greek countryside, many of its residents emigrated to the main cities of Greece, North America and Australia.

Electricity and automobiles arrived in the 1960s, it was linked with pavement in the late-20th century, television arrived in the 1970s. Internet and computers arrived in the late-1990s.

The area around Nestorio was struck by a fire in late-July 2007, its forests were quickly burnt and left several houses and other properties including cars burnt and destroyed. Fire trucks along with firefighters, helicopters and airplanes battled the fire and quickly stopped spreading outside the area of Nestorio and in the village. It lasted for several days and it affected Kypseli, Pefko and Trilofo area.

Population
Year Village population Municipality population
1981 1,233 -
1991 1,158 1,928
2001 954 1,214

People born in Nestorio

Keratza Vissulceva - prominent Macedonian artist (1911 - 2004)


See also

List of settlements in the Kastoria prefecture
Nestram-Kostenar dialect


References

^ Ethnographie des Vilayets d'Adrianople, de Monastir et de Salonique, Constantinople, 1878. OCLC 12139947.
^ „Македония и Одринско. Статистика на населението от 1873 г.“ Македонски научен институт, София, 1995, с. 110-111.
^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Васил Кънчов. „Македония. Етнография и статистика“. София, 1900, c. 266. (Kanchov, Vasil. Macedonia — ethnography and statistics, Sofia, 1900, p. 266.

Municipalities and communities of the Kastoria Prefecture

Agia Triada | Agioi Anargyroi | Akrites | Ion Dragoumis | Kastoria | Kleisoura | Korestia | Makednos | Mesopotamia /Aliakmonas | Nestorio | Orestida | Vitsi

Arrenes | Gramos | Kastraki

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