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Peristeri

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Country  Greece
Population  146,743 (2001)
Mayor  Andreas Pachatouridis
Elevation  50 m
Area  10.050 km2

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Map of Peristeri

Peristeri (Greek: Περιστέρι, meaning "pigeon/dove" in Greek) is a suburban municipality in the northwestern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. With 139,981 inhabitants (2011 census), it is the seventh-largest municipality of Greece by population. Actual the community reports a population of 350.000 inhabitants, according to public power supply statistics.

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Geography

Peristeri is located about 4 km (2 mi) northwest of the centre of Athens. It lies between the Egaleo Mountain in the northwest and the Cephissus river in the southeast. The municipality has an area of 10.50 square kilometres (4.05 sq mi). Its built-up area is continuous with that of Athens and the neighbouring suburbs Aigaleo, Chaidari, Petroupoli, Ilion and Agioi Anargyroi.

Transportation

Motorway 1 (Athens-Thessaloniki) passes through the southeastern part of the municipality. Athinon Avenue (Greek National Road 8 Athens-Korinthos-Patras) passes through the southwestern part. Peristeri is served by three Athens metro stations on Line 2: Anthoupoli, Peristeri and Agios Antonios. The Kifissos Bus Terminal where long-distance buses from Peloponese, Epirus, Macedonia, Ionian Islands and Thrace arrive, is standing in the east border of Peristeri near Sepolia.

Sports

The most important sport clubs based in Peristeri are Atromitos with presence in Super League Greece and Peristeri BC with earlier long-time presence in A1 Ethniki basketball.

Peristeri Arena

The Peristeri Arena (or Andreas Papandreou Arena) is an indoor basketball sporting arena. The seating capacity of the arena is 4,000 people. The arena is owned by the municipality of Peristeri. The arena is currently home to the Greek professional basketball team Peristeri Athens of the Greek A2 League.

The hall was opened in the year 1989. The arena is named after the late Andreas Papandreou, who was the former prime minister of Greece. The arena is an older, smaller version of the Larissa Neapolis Arena and the Dimitris Tofalos Arena, which were based on Peristeri Arena, but built 6 years later and with a larger seating capacity.

Landmarks

  • Cathedral
  • Peristeri Arena
  • Peristeri Stadium
  • Town Hall
  • Culture

    Peristeri has one outdoor cinema and five theatres.

    Notable people

  • Angela Dimitriou, singer
  • Evangelos Koronios, professional basketball player and coach
  • Giannis Poulopoulos, singer-songwriter
  • Grigoris Bithikotsis (1922–2005), singer and songwriter
  • Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (born 1986), Pole vault athlete
  • Vangelis Ploios, actor
  • International relations

    Peristeri is twinned with:

  • Iaşi, Romania
  • Rousse, Bulgaria
  • References

    Peristeri Wikipedia


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