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Kalamaria (Municipality, Greece)


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Flag of Kalamaria - Image by Thanos Tzikas, 10 July 2003

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Presentation of Kalamaria

The municipality of Kalamaria (91,279 inhabitants in 2011; 640 ha) lies next to Thessaloniki, to which it belonged until 1943.
Though the area has been inhabited since the ancient years, the name "Kalamaria" appeared in 1083 for the first time. It must mean kali meria ("a nice place") or skala meria (the place of the skala, which was the name for a Byzantine naval station). Most of Kalamaria's people came after 1922 and the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. They were Greeks who lived in Pontos, Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace.

Thanos Tzikas, 10 July 2003

Flag of Kalamaria

The flag of Kalamaria (municipal website) is white with "Argo", the ship of Jason and the Argonauts. The ship "writes" ΔΗΜΟΣ ΚΑΛΑΜΑΡΙΑΣ (Municipality of Kalamaria) above the sea waves.

Thanos Tzikas, 10 July 2003