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Sarantaporo (Greek: Σαραντάπορο) is a village and a former municipality in the Larissa peripheral unit, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Elassona, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] Population 3,588 (2001). The town is near the mountain ranges of Kamvounio to the northwest and the Pieria mountains to the northeast. Sarantaporo is next to the GR-3 (Larissa - Kozani - Niki). Sarantaporo is located west-southwest of Katerini, northwest of Elassona, Tyrnavos and Larissa, east of Grevena and south-southeast of Kozani. The 40th parallel North is about 5 km south of Sarantaporo.


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Subdivisions

The municipal unit Sarantaporo is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

Azoros (Vouvala)
Gerania
Giannota
Lykoudi (Lykoudi, Sykia)
Milea
Sarantaporo
Tsapournia (Tsapournia, Farmaki)


Population
Year Town population Municipality population
1981 817 -
1991 938 -
2001 907 3,588

Geography

The municipality is smade up of mountains covering the area with forests as well as grasslands. Farmlands dominate the valley area and around the village especially the western and the central parts.

Information

The village was originally a Slavic settlement founded under the name Glikovo. Unlike the rest of Thessaly, Sarantaporo did not join Greece until the Balkan Wars where the town was liberated from the Ottoman Turkish yoke which dominated for over 550 years on October 1912 during the Battle of Sarantaporo which saw Greek victory in the First Balkan War. Sarantaporo finally became a part of Greece in 1913 which finished the oppressive Turkish rule. The Sarantaporo Gorge was the strategic location for the battle. The village's name during the Ottoman rule was Glikovon (Γκλίκοβον). Sarantaporo became a municipality in 1994; one of the first to be created under the Capodistrian Law. The area features archaeological findings dating back to the pre-Classical years up to the Ottoman rule.

References

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