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Peristeri (Greek: Περιστέρι, standing for "pigeon/dove" in Greek) is a suburban municipality in Athens, Greece, located about 5 km NW of the downtown area. The municipality is bordered by the Cephissus/Cephissos River, Athinon Avenue (GR-8), Chaidari in the west and Petroupoli in the northwest, with a size of around 10 km2 (4 sq mi). The area includes the northern half of the Athens Industrial Area, with its main streets taking in Ethnikis Antistaseos Street and P. Tsaldari Street.


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Transportation

The Athens Bus Terminal is in the east, slightly east of Peristeri itself, along with its nearest station in Sepolia, a part of Athens. A metro station opened in 2004 in Peristeri, named Aghios Antonios due to its location near the Aghios Antonios (Saint Anthony) church. Two other stations, Peristeri (near the town hall) and Anthoupoli (near Thivon St.) are under construction, and will open in late 2015. Line 2 starts from Peristeri.

Historical population
Year Population
1991 137,288
2001 137,918

Sports

Atromitos - A 2007-08 Super League Greece football/soccer team, relegated to Beta Ethniki for 2008-09 but returned to Super League Greece for the 2009/10 season.
Peristeri BC - An A1 Ethniki basketball team.

Peristeri Arena

The Peristeri Arena (or Andreas Papandreou Arena) is an indoor basketball sporting arena. The seating capacity of the arena is 4,000 people. The arena is owned by the municipality of Peristeri. The arena is currently home to the Greek professional basketball team Peristeri Athens of the Greek A2 League.

The hall was opened in the year 1989. The arena is named after the late Andreas Papandreou, who was the former prime minister of Greece. The arena is an older, smaller version of the Larissa Neapolis Arena and the Dimitris Tofalos Arena, which were based on Peristeri Arena, but built 6 years later and with a larger seating capacity.

Landmarks

Cathedral
Peristeri Arena
Peristeri Stadium


Persons

Grigoris Bithikotsis (1922–2005), singer and songwriter
Angela Dimitriou, singer
Vangelis Ploios, actor


International relations
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Greece

Peristeri is twinned with:

Romania Iaşi, Romania
Bulgaria Rousse, Bulgaria[1]


References

Notes

^ "Ruse Municipality - Fraternize Cities". © 2008-2009 Ruse Municipality. Retrieved 2009-07-06.

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