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Rizomylos (Greek: Ριζόμυλος meaning rice mill) is a Greek beach village located east of Aigio, west of Corinth, west Athens, north-northwest of Kalavryta and east of Patras in the municipality of Diakopto. Its beaches are one of the most well known on the Gulf of Corinth. The GR-9 (Patras - Pyrgos - Kyparissia is about 6 km to the southwest and its nearest interchange is at the 172nd km 4 km south of Aigio. In 2001, Rizomylos had a population of 359 inhabitants.


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Nearest places

Eliki, northeast
Nikoleika, southeast
Temeni, west


Population
Year Population
1981 381
1991 375
2001 359

Geography

The geography of the area is made up of farmlands, consisting largely of fruit grove, that dominate the valley areas. The mountains that are mainly made up of forests and grasslands lie to the southeast. The ancient city of Helike is located nearby and is currently being excavated.

History

The village was ruled by the Ottoman Turks with some interruption by the Venetians in the mid to late-15th century and the mid- to late-16th century. Rizomylos became part of the country of Greece following the Greek War of Independence of 1821 and after the signing of the declaration of independence.

After World War II and the Greek Civil War, much of the population left for larger towns and cities especially the nearby Patras. The population has been in decline since 1981.

Houses were stone-built until the 1950s and did not comprise modern-style homes until the 1980s. It was linked with pavement in the 1980s. Most of the homes are abandoned today.

Economy

Its main export crop are olives, along with fruits such watermelon, melon, figs and vegetables including corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, as much of the farlmands are made up of groves and vineyards. There is also some dairy and livestock. The majority of the population are farmers.

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