Kavala

Periphery: East Macedonia and Thrace
Prefecture : Kavala

Kavala, view from Stavros Agios Silas

Kavala Harbour, Photos: Eleni Aristeidou

Kavala (also seen as Kavála, Kavalla, Cavalla, and Cavalle Greek: Καβάλα, Albanian: Kavalë), (2001 pop. 58663), is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala prefecture (population 145054 ).

Kavala is part of the synonymous municipality with a population 63293. It is prettily situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thasos.

City of Kavala [Source]

History

It was originally founded by settlers from Paros in about the 6th century BC, who called it Neapolis ("new city"). Gold mines in the Pangaion hills nearby made it prosperous. It became a Roman civitas in 168 BC, and was a base for Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC, before their defeat in the Battle of Philippi.

Medusa coin from Neapolis (Greek Wikipedia)

Apostle Paul in Kavala

The Apostle Paul landed at Kavala on his first voyage to Europe, and in Byzantine times the city was renamed Christoupolis.

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Kavala was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1371 to 1912. Mehmet Ali was born here in 1769. Some of its most recognisable landmarks is a Venecian castle, in the hill of Panagia, and an aquaduct built by Suleiman I during his reign. The later serves still today as a city logo.

Liberation of Kavala, Vasileios Hatzis

Theodoros Zagorakis, the captain of the Greece national football team that stunned the football world by winning EURO 2004, is a native of Kavala.

Kavala, Photos: Eleni Aristeidou

Kavala International Airport

Kavala, Town Hall. Photo: Eleni Aristeidou

Division of the municipality with a population 63293 (2001)

  • Kavala / Δ.δ. Καβάλας [ 60802 ]
    • Kavala / η Καβάλα [ 58663 ]
    • Agios Syllas / ο Άγιος Σύλλας [ 64 ]
    • Aspri Ammos / η Άσπρη Άμμος [ 92 ]
    • Palaion Tsiflikion / το Παλαιόν Τσιφλίκιον [ 1848 ]
    • Sanatorion / το Σανατόριον [ 135 ]
  • Nea Karvali / Δ.δ. Νέας Καρβάλης [ 2301 ]
  • Chalkeron / Δ.δ. Χαλκερού -- το Χαλκερόν [ 190 ]

Twinnings

It is a sister city of Nuremberg, Germany.

Postage stamps

Between 1893 and 1903, the French post office in the city issued its own postage stamps; at first stamps of France overprinted with "Cavalle" and a value in piasters, then in 1902 the French designs inscribed "CAVALLE".

Other

Kavala has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, banks, a post office, a sporting centre and squares (plateies). Kavala is one of the largest cities including Heraklio that does not have a train station in Greece.

Stamps

Between 1893 and 1903, the French post office in the city issued its own postage stamps; at first stamps of France overprinted with "Cavalle" and a value in piasters, then in 1902 the French designs inscribed "CAVALLE".

Persons

Sporting Teams

AO Kavala

Google Earth

Kavala

Nea Karvali,

Aerial photos of Kavala

Links

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