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Map of Pylaia, Thessaloniki

Pylaia (Greek: Πυλαία) is a suburb of the Thessaloniki Urban Area and was former municipality in the peripheral unit of Thessaloniki, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pylaia-Chortiatis, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] Pylaia covers 24.379 km2 with 4,5 km of coastline extending along the shores of the Thermaic Gulf and had a 2001 census population of 22,744 inhabitants. Pylaia is relatively sparsely populated for a municipality within the Thessaloniki Urban Area.


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History

The first reference to Pylaia is found in the historian Thucydides, in 319 BC, under the name Strepsa. It was later known as Kapoutzida, from the Turkish word kapıcı ("gatekeeper"), deriving from the guards watching over the city walls of Byzantine Thessaloniki. The current name came into general use in 1927, and is derived from the word Pyle (πυλη), meaning gateway and referring to the Eastern Entrance of the city.

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External links

Official website (Greek)


References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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