Leontio (Λεόντιο) (or Leontion) is a village (older name Gourzoumisa) and the seat of the synonymous community in Achaea, Greece. Population 743 (2001), Area 47.54 km2.
Until 1914 Leontio was a municipal district of the municipality of Farres , later an independent community. Leontio is a mountain village (alt.750-800 m) on a side of the mountain Panachaiko.
Leontio is named after an ancient city in the region. According to Pliny the Elder there was a spring in Leontio with poissoned water (People died around 3 days after drinking water from the spring).
Leontio is known from the Leontio battle between rebel forces of the greek resistance forces of ELAS and Italians. In 14 July 1943 Italians lost around 70 men after an attack by ELAS and parts of their military equipment. As a result around 10 villagers of Leontio were killed by the Italians and the village was destroyed.
Leontio, Photo: Greek Wikipedia user Daskalos06
Division of the community
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