Voies

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Voies
Βοιές
View of Neapoli from Faraklo
View of Neapoli from Faraklo
Location
Voies is located in Greece
Voies
Coordinates36°30′N 23°4′E / 36.5°N 23.067°E / 36.5; 23.067Coordinates: 36°30′N 23°4′E / 36.5°N 23.067°E / 36.5; 23.067
Government
Country:Greece
Region:Peloponnese
Regional unit:Laconia
Municipality:Monemvasia
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population:7,871
Other
Time zone:EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center):15 m (49 ft)
Postal code:230 53
Telephone:27340
Auto:ΑΚ
Website
vatika2000.com
 
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Voies
Βοιές
View of Neapoli from Faraklo
View of Neapoli from Faraklo
Location
Voies is located in Greece
Voies
Coordinates36°30′N 23°4′E / 36.5°N 23.067°E / 36.5; 23.067Coordinates: 36°30′N 23°4′E / 36.5°N 23.067°E / 36.5; 23.067
Government
Country:Greece
Region:Peloponnese
Regional unit:Laconia
Municipality:Monemvasia
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population:7,871
Other
Time zone:EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center):15 m (49 ft)
Postal code:230 53
Telephone:27340
Auto:ΑΚ
Website
vatika2000.com

Voies (Greek: Βοιές) is a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Monemvasia, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is on the southern tip of Cape Malea. It is a predominantly agricultural region with a few minor villages and one dominant town. Vatika is the common term for the area, but Voies is used in a more official context, particularly for postal situations. Voion, the genitive plural of Voies, is used for description: for example, to differentiate the village of Agios Nikolaos in Voies from other villages and towns of the same name, one would use Agios Nikolaos Voion. Neapoli is the administrative capital of the municipality, and is also the urban center to the numerous villages that surround the hinterland.

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Geography

There is a single mountain range that runs through the center of the municipality dividing it into two parts, both an east and west section. Adjacent to the west coast of the region lies the island of Elafonissos. The island contains some of the oldest evidence of human inhabitance in the whole of the Peloponnese.

Historical population

YearNeapoliMunicipality
19812,113-
19912,4697,802
20012,7517,871

History

The name of the region derives from the initial name of the town of Neapoli, Boiai (Ancient Greek: Βοιαί), which is thought to have been founded in the second century BC. (The pronunciation of many Greek vowels and a few consonants has changed over time, and in Modern Greek the feminine accusative and nominative plural are identical, thus ancient Boiai but modern Voies; see Modern Greek phonology and Modern Greek grammar: Feminine Nouns).

The ancient writer Pausanias wrote that Voiai was founded "...by Boios, one of the Heraclidae, who is supposed to have gathered the people from three cities: Etis, Aphrodisias and Side".

Neapoli

Neapoli (Greek: Νεάπολη meaning "new city") (36°30′42″N 23°03′31″E / 36.51167°N 23.05861°E / 36.51167; 23.05861) is the largest town of the former municipality. It was initially an agricultural center, but now has seen a rise in the numbers of tourists (particularly visitors to the neighbouring island of Elafonisos). The commercial center of the town is located on the water front, facing Vatika Bay. There are ferries to the islands Kythira and Elafonisos. The town is surrounded by the villages of Faraklo, Paradisi and Lachi in its hinterland, and Kambo located on the same plain as Neapoli. Neapoli has a kindergarten school, a school, a church and a square (plateia).

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos (Greek: Άγιος Νικολάος) (36°28′38″N 23°05′53″E / 36.47722°N 23.09806°E / 36.47722; 23.09806) is a small village, south-east of Neapoli. It has a largely agricultural population; however, many inhabitants are employed in the shipping industries.

Places of interest

Villages:

References

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2001 PDF (39 MB) (Greek) (English)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Σύνδεσμος Βελανιδιωτών "Η Μυρτιδιώτισσα"". http://www.myrtidiotissa.gr. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Pandanassa_Vion". http://www.pandanassa.com. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 

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