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Paliki (Greek: Παλική) is a peninsula and a former municipality on the island of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kefalonia, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] The name comes from the ancient town of Pale/Pali, which was north of Lixouri and is now an archaeological site. The peninsula is the westernmost part of Kefalonia. The seat of the municipality was the town Lixouri.

Subdivisions

Paliki is a municipality of Kefalonia, population 7836 in 2001


Geography

The farmlands including several hills cover the southern and the eastern parts, the mountains to the central part, the west and the northern part.

History

The oldest document which contains the name "Lixouri" was sent in 1534 by local authorities to the Senate of Venice. Many houses were destroyed in the earthquakes of January 23 1867 and August 1953.

Sights

Iakovatios Library, the communal library with a small museum. Typical classic Ionian building from 19th century.
Former primary school near the harbour. Avant-garde 20th century building from 1933, representing the modernist architecture movement in Greece
Pantokrator Church
A few ruins of ancient Pali in the north
Mania beach with beautiful untouched landscape
Mantzavinata - Agios Spyridon Church and classical house of the Vittoratos Family
Classical house of the Danelatos Family in Damoulianata
Agia Paraskevi Church in Atheras
Kipouria monastery
Vatsa Bay
Xi Beach


Homer's Ithaca
Main articles: Homer's Ithaca and Odysseus Unbound

According to Robert Bittlestone's 2005 book Odysseus Unbound, Paliki was Homer's Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, the central figure in the Odyssey of Homer.

Persons

Andreas Laskaratos teacher and writer
Spyridon Marinatos (1901-1974) archaeologist


References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)


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