Schimatari (Greek: Σχηματάρι) is a town and a former municipality in Boeotia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Tanagra, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit. Population 8,095 (2001). The Asopus River is 3 to 4 km to the south. The Greek National Road 1 (Athens - Lamia - Thessaloniki) passes through Schimatari. Schimatari is located approximately 60 km northwest of Athens, 20 km south of Chalkida and approximately 30 km east of Thiva.
Schimatari is situated in the Asopos-Kifissos plain and is between the hills to the north and the Parnitha mountains to the south. Schimatari has an industrial area that was expanded in the 1970s and the 1980s and stretches to east of Tanagra and its Tanagra Airport.
The municipal unit Schimatari is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):
Until the 1980s, agriculture was the prime industry of the area, the arrival of housing developments of Athens boomed its population and changed its industry of industrial, manufacturing and other businesses, agriculture and services is the second industry of the municipality not counting out of town residents. The industrial statistics include residents in which much of them are from the Central and Northern Athens area. Its main production are olives, citrus, fruits, vegetables and other crops, several common crops are rarely common. The village can be seen as far as to the north and east. Schimatari has 20 to 25 km of local roads and approximately 20 to 25 km of hydro lines and 20 km of paved roads, of which, approximately 5 km are urban. Its residential houses and buildings are within the main road and it is about 200 to 300 m long wide at the centre. Much of the houses were stone built until the 1960s. Electricity arrived in the same year. Vehicles arrived in the 1970s, the pavement of the main road and television arrived in the 1980s and computer and internet are rarely known in the beginning of the 21st century and up to date technology are not seen.
After World War II and the Greek Civil War, its buildings were rebuilt. Its population grew and its economy later boomed to a point where industrial buildings and factories were expanded in the 1970s and the 1980s, it currently slowed in the 2000s. It brought employees from the northern suburbs of Athens. Housing developments boomed and opened another school. The worst scenario that Schimatari had was the forest fire on June 27, 2007 that consumed the southern portion of the municipality. It ravaged several pine forests, especially in southern Boeotia, including Parnitha national park. The fires damaged an auto shop and other buildings.
Year Town population Municipality population
1981 3,287 -
1991 4,136 -
2001 4,725 8,095
Italy Pozzoleone, Italy
Republic of Ireland Ennistymon, Ireland
List of settlements in the Boeotia prefecture
^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
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