Selinounta

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Selinounta or Selinous (Greek: Σελινούς, Ancient: Selinus) also with the i accented is a Greek village located about 35 km south of Aigio, west of Corinth and about 185 km west Athens, north-northwest of Kalavryta and about 60 km east of Patras. Selinus is named after its nearby river. The GR-9 (Patras - Pyrgos - Kyparissia is to the northeast and the road linking with Kounina and Leontio is nearby. Selinounta had a 2001 population of was 634 for the village. The population is ranked after Kouloura. Selinounta is also in the municipality of Aigio.


Nearest places

* Zachloritika, northeast
* Mamoussia, southeast
* Pteri, west
* Mavriki, northwest


Population
Year Population
1981 567
1991 561
2001 634

Geography

Its geography are mare up of farmlands that dominate the valley areas and are mainly consists of groves, the mountains that are mainly made up of forests and grasslands especially bushes are around the area.

History

The village was ruled by the Ottoman Turks with some interruption by the Venetians in the mid to late-15th century and the mid to late-16th century. Selinounta was finally Greek after the Greek War of Independence of 1821, right after the signing of the declaration of independence.

After World War II and the Greek Civil War, much of the population left for larger towns and cities especially the nearby Patras. The population declined since 1981.

Houses were stone-built until the 1950s and did not surpass modern-style homes until the 1980s. It was linked with pavement in the 1980s. Most of the homes are abandoned today.

Selinounta was battered by a forest fire that began on Wednesday July 25 and ended on July 29 and brought a tremendous fire to the area, flames were bursting as high as 30 m and smoke as high as 600 to 700 m. About 20 to 30% of the village wer burnt with some of their properties burnt. Tens of fire trucks, helicopters and planes along with firefighters battled the fire in order to end. Several farms and crops were ruined. Some roads were shut down. The fire started in the afternoon hours and expanded to almost to burn about 80 to 90% of the area of Selinounta, the western portions were unaffected. Residents were panicked on this wildfire. Hundreds of cattle were lost and about ten thousands trees were burnt down that created an economic and agricultural disaster that may take a couple of years to rebuilt. The flames were stopped by firefighters and headed for other villages in central and southern Aigialeia and finally ended.

Economy

Its main production are olives alond with fruits including watermelon, melon, figs and vegetables including corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, cucumbers and others as well as dairy, livestock and others in small numbers, much of the farlmands are mainly groves and vines. The majority of the population are based in agriculture as well as some other businesses.

Municipalities and communities of the Achaea Prefecture

Aigio | Aigira/Aegira | Akrata | Aroania | Diakopto | Dymi | Erinaios | Farres | Kalavryta | Larissos | Lefkasio | Messatida | Movri | Olenia | Paion | Paralia | Patras | Rio | Sympoliteia | Tritea | Vrachneika

Kalentzi | Leontio

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