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Administrative Region : Attica
Regional unit : North Athens

Papagou (Greek: Παπάγου) is a suburb in the northeastern part of Athens, Greece. The city is named after Marshal Alexandros Papagos, a Greek Army General who served in the Second World War. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Papagou-Cholargos, of which it is a municipal unit.[1]

Papagou is located W of Attiki Odos (number 65), which is also known as the Hymettus Ring opened in 2004 with interchanges to the northeast and the southeast at Katechaki Avenue, W of Rafina, NW of Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, NE of Athens and Vouliagmenis Avenue and S of Kifissia and its northern suburbs. Papagou is accessed with the main roads of Katechaki Avenue, with another main road linking to Olaf Palme Street in the south in Zografou, and Mesogeion Avenue in Neo Psychiko to the west.

The local flag color is white with a blue cross that is a little extended with a red line. The golden-bronze, bird-like and statue-like creature appears in its middle and a seal in the top left.


History

The area was made up of farmlands to the west and the rocky areas of the Hymettus. Urban development replaced much of the farmlands in the 1950s, up to around the 1970s or 1980s. Today, the western and east-central parts of the municipality are urbanized, while its businesses lie within the main roads of Katechaki Avenue in Zografou and Mesogeion Avenue (Gr-54 eastbound) to the east. Many of its trees are aligned with the streets and in squares, and in 1998, the Hymettus Ring, which forms part of the Attiki Odos private superhighway system, began construction with an interchange to the northeast and a road link with Agia Paraskevi. Its hospital is located to the south, in Zografou.

Many of the residential streets have cul-de-sacs, and are most commonly named after local notable people. Forests and parks are to be found in three parts of Papagou the southern, the central and northern parts. A landfill of Athens is situated further east, which takes the central and the southern part of the Athens area's rubbish into this site; the area is about 200,000 to 250,000 square metres. The landfill has been in use since the mid to late 20th century.

The suburb is popular with families of generals, admirals, marshals, and other Greek Army officers, since the army used to sell land to its officers in the area during the 60s and 70s. Papagou is thus considered as one of the upper-class suburbs of Athens, properties are expensive and sought-after, mainly due to the suburbs history and green scenery.

Sports

Stadium of Papagou's basketball/soccer team, AS Papagou
Stadium of Papagou's basketball team, Olympias Papagou, Website


Historical population
Year Population
1981 12,553
1991 13,974
2001 13,207

See also

List of municipalities of Attica


References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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