Velventos (Greek: Βελβεντός, ο), Velvento (Βελβεντό, το) or Velvendos (Βελβενδός, ο) is a town and a municipality in northern Greece, in the Kozani Prefecture. It lies at the foot of the Pierian Mountains, 33 km northeast of the city of Kozani. It is located near the artificial lake of Polyfytos.
Velventos, Church, door decoration
The municipality has a population a population of 3754 (according to the 2001 census), it includes the mountain communities of Palaiogratsano, Agia Kyriaki, Katafygio and Polyfytos. Surrounted by forests, it is located in the fertile valley of the Aliakmon river and produces fruit, mainly peaches. 10.6% of the area is cultivated. Agricultural production is organised in two agricultural cooperatives.
The area has been continually occupied since the prehistoric times. For this reason, many fruitful archaeological digs have been made in the area, unearthing mainly prehistoric findings. Velventos contains also many late byzantine and post-byzantine monuments and temples, among them the 12th century church of Saint Menas and the 14th century church of Saint Paraskevi.
During the turkish occupation of Greece, Velventos saw great cultural development. Architect Stamatios Kleanthis was born here.
Division of the municipality
http://www.velvento.gr/ Municipality of Velventos