Pinakates (Greek: Πινακάτες) is a Greek mountain village located 25 km east of Volos in the Magnesia regional unit. Pinakates belongs since 2001 to the municipal unit of Milies.
Agios Georgios Nileias
Most probably the origin of the name refers to the activity of the first inhabitants who produced wooden plates, an article known in the local dialect as pinakia (πινάκια). Maybe the word has its roots in the Albanian language.
Year Population village Population municipal district
1991 - 326
1991 138 -
2001 182 312
The village is on the eastern slopes of the mountainous peninsula Pelion. The area is dominated by olive trees, vineyards and apple trees, the main source of income for most of the permanent residents. Higher up the mountain, there is an area only visited by hikers, hunters (of wild boar) and gatherers of mushrooms and herbs.
The village of Pinakates is first mentioned in the Modern Geography of Greece (Γεωγραφία Νεωτερική περί της Ελλάδο = Geografia Neoteriki peri tis Ellados) by Daniil Filippidis and Grigoriou Konstantas (Vienna 1791). At that time, the village comprised about 100 houses, but surely it was built much earlier.
In 1828, the village had 1,000 inhabitants. In 1860, the village counted 160 families and 800 residents. Pinakates joined the rest of Greece when Thessaly was liberated in 1881. In the early 20th century, a school with 56 students was opened. One of the main benefactors of this school was a business man from Pinakates, Ioannis G. Sarafopoulos.
The main industry in Pinakates became the production of wine and oil. Also the culture of olives boosted the village's economy. Money from Greeks living in Egypt contributed to the development of the village.
Pinakates is considered to be one of the best preserved of the 24 villages in Pilion and therefore became a category 1-protected landmark. The village was so well preserved because until recently it was only accessible via one road which ends in the center of the village. All other roads could only be used on foot or by mule. Electricity came finally to the village in 1973 and a few years later a connection by bus with Volos was established.
The isolated position on the mountain side kept the village well preserved, but also almost caused its downfall. During the last decade of the previous century only five families lived in Pinakates during wintertime. Currently it counts about 150 people, although on the voting registers some 350 names are listed. However, a lot of them have moved to neighbouring villages.
Pinakates was an independent village until 2001, when it became a district of the municipality of Milies. Due to the limited number of children in the village it no longer has a school.
List of settlements in the Magnesia prefecture
Pinakates on GTP Travel Pages
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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