Arnaia or Arnea () is a village part of the synonymous municipality () in Chalcidice, Greece. Population 6183 (2001).
Arnaia , Satellite Images, Greece
Division of the municipality
Chalkidice, house in Arnaia
Arnaia is a mountain village (alt. 600 m) population 2253 in 2001. It was known until 1928 as Raligova (Λιαρίγκοβη). Between 1478 and 1519 it developed to a village , before it was agriculture land (mezraa) of Palaiochori
Palaoiochori (old form Palaiochorin) is a village between the villages Neochori or Neochorion (3km, E) , Megali Panagia (7km, N) and Arnaia (5 km, W). The village is mentioned in a text from 1320 and 1441 (Actes de Xeropotamou, Archives de L'Athos III, ed. J. Bompaire.-Paris:1964). From 1478 to 1568 the population increased from c. 24 to c. 100 families.
In 1793 the french ambassador in Thessaloniki Espirit m. Cuisinery visited Palaiochori as is documented in 3 pages of Voyage dans la Makedonie
Most known probably is Giorgos Zorbas from Palaiochori who inspired the author Nikos Kazanatzakis to write his work Alexis Zorbas. Giorgos Zorbas was born in Kolyndros in Pieria. (See the book of G. Anapliotis "Ο αληθινός Ζορμπάς και ο Ν. Καζαντζάκης" (The true Zorbas and Nikos Kazantzakis).
A central street is named after the leader of the Orthodox Church Vartholomaios A (known as the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I) who visited Arnaia in June 1999.
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Stanos is a village (alt. 515 m), 8 km from Arnaia
Churches: Eisodia tis Theotokou (200 years old), Agias Chaido (St. Chaido was born in Stanos and lived during the Ottoman period, annual commemoration 1 September, so called "kourbani" )
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