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Ptolemaida


Ptolemaida
Πτολεμαΐδα
Aerial view of Ptolemaida.
Aerial view of Ptolemaida.
Seal of Ptolemaida
Location
Ptolemaida is located in Greece
Ptolemaida
Coordinates 40°31′N 21°41′E / 40.517°N 21.683°E / 40.517; 21.683Coordinates: 40°31′N 21°41′E / 40.517°N 21.683°E / 40.517; 21.683
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Macedonia
Regional unit: Kozani
Municipality: Eordaia
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 37,289
 - Area: 217.901 km2 (84 sq mi)
 - Density: 171 /km2 (443 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 32,142
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Postal code: 502 00
Telephone: 24630
Auto: KZ
Website
www.ptolemaida.gr

Ptolemaida (Greek: Πτολεμαΐδα, Ptolemaïda, Katharevousa: Πτολεμαΐς, Ptolemaïs) is a town and a former municipality in Kozani regional unit, West Macedonia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Eordaia, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] It is known for its coal (lignite) mines and its power stations.


Ptolemaida Name


During the Ottoman period, the city was named Kaylar, rendered into English as Kailar;[3] this name was retained in Greek as Kailaria (Καϊλάρια) until 1927 Kailar refers to the Kayı tribe, the tribe of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The modern name Ptolemaida was introduced by decree on January 20, 1927, honoring Ptolemy son of Lagus, a comrade-in-arms of Alexander the Great, and his daughter Ptolemaïs.[4] His statue stands in the central square of the city.


Ptolemaida History


According to archaeologists, the Ptolemaida region has been occupied since 6000 BCE.[5]


Ptolemaida Neolithic times

Prehistoric jewelry found in Ptolemaida.

Archaeologists, in November 2005, discovered the remains of two farming villages dating back to the Neolithic period. A press report notes that such farming villages were trading centres and had a "developed knowledge of metalworking".[5]

A golden necklace dating to roughly 4500 BCE was discovered on February 16, 2006.[5] Associated Press reporter Costas Kantouris describes the item as a "flat, roughly ring-shaped [which] probably had religious significance and would have been worn on a necklace by a prominent member of society."[5]

Lately in the lake Zazari near Ptolemaida there were found 16 houses that belong in the Neolithic era due to archaaeologists. These houses were in the lake and were exposed because of the decreased water level of the lake. That particular small settlement gives information about the society and the people in the Neolithic era.


Ptolemaida Ancient period

Ancient Greek ceramic plate from Ptolemaida.
Ancient Macedonian grave in Ptolemaida.

In the area of Ptolemaida many archeological findings have occurred in the last 30 years due to mining operations. Ceramic artifacts, dating to the 6th century BC have been found at two sites near Grevena and Ptolemaida. Archaeologists found the artifacts at two prehistoric farming settlements. Two Ancient Macedonian graves have also been found in the area of Ptolemaida, dated from the 5th century BC.


Ptolemaida Byzantine Period

At various times, Ptolemaida was part of the Latin Empire, the Kingdom of Thessalonica, the Empire of Nicaea, and the Despotate of Epirus.[citation needed] The borders among the Latin Empire, the Empire of Nicaea, the Empire of Trebizond, and the Despotate of Epirus are very uncertain.


Ptolemaida Ottoman period

During the Ottoman period, Ptolemaida was called Kayılar, and it had two parts: Aşağı Kayılar and Yukarı Kayılar. Aşağı Kayılar was Bektaşi[citation needed] and Yukarı Kayılar was Rufai,[citation needed] Hanefi.[citation needed]

Before 1360, large numbers of nomad shepherds, or Yörüks, from the district of Konya, in Asia Minor, had settled in Macedonia; their descendants were known as Konariotes[citation needed]. Further immigration from this region took place from time to time up to the middle of the 18th century. After the establishment of the feudal system in 1397, many of the Seljuk noble families came over from Asia Minor; their descendants may be recognized among the Beys or Muslim landowners in Kayılar[citation needed]. At the beginning of the 18th century, the Turkish population was quite considerable, but since that time it has continuously decreased. A low birth rate, the exhaustion of the male population by military service, and a large mortality from epidemics have brought about a decline which has lately been hastened by emigration. The Turkish rural population around Kayılar was mainly composed of Konariot shepherds[citation needed]. Ptolemaida was taken by Greek forces on October 15, 1912.


Ptolemaida Culture


The municipal library.

Ptolemaida's football club is called "Anthropological and Folklore Museum is based in the town.


Ptolemaida Economy


Lignite mine of Ptolemaida.

Ptolemaida is a highly industrialized area. The four power plants in this area produce 70% of Greece's electrical power, using the large local deposits of lignite as fuel. The plants are owned by the Public Power Corporation (DEI), the major employer in the city. The plant was dedicated by the prime minister of Greece at that time, Constantine Karamanlis. The other two are in Amyntaio in Florina regional unit and in Agios Dimitrios.


Ptolemaida Climate


Askio mountain near the city.

The city, situated in the middle of the Eordaia plain of Western Macedonia, has a humid continental climate. Summers can be hot with thunderstorms in unsettled spells, whereas winters are among the coldest in Greece. It was here that the absolute low temperature record of Greece was recorded (−27.8 °C (−18 °F) on 27 January 1963).


Ptolemaida Demographics


The current Municipality of Ptolemaida is constituted by the city of Ptolemaida and 12 small communities which all together cover an extent of 2.179 square kilometres (0.841 sq mi). At the 2001 census, the population of the city was 30,017 residents. The total population of the municipality in 2011 was 45,450 residents.

Year Community Municipal unit Municipality
1940 7,719 - -
1951 8,816 - -
1961 12,747 - -
1971 16,588 - -
1981 22,109 - -
1991 25,125 32,775 -
2001 30,017 36,393 -
2011[1] 32,142 37,283 45,450

Ptolemaida Location


The city lies in the valley of Eordaia, between the Eordia.

 Florina   Filotas - Amyntaio     Edessa 
 Kastoria     Brosen windrose.svg  Veroia - Naousa    
 Neapoli - Siatista & Grevena   Kozani    Velventos - Servia 

Ptolemaida Ethnic groups

A substantial proportion of Ptolemaida's residents are Treaty of Lausanne. The original inhabitants of the neighbouring villages were of Slavic extraction who had settled the area in the 6th century.


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Ptolemaida References


Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press 

  1. ^ a b Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1911)
  4. ^ "Ptolemaida Web Portal". Retrieved 2008-01-10.  (Greek)
  5. ^ a b c d Kantouris, Costas (February 16, 2006). "Greek Hiker Finds 6,500-Year-Old Pendant". AP. 

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