Platy, Greece

Infobox Greek Dimos
name = Platy
name_local = Πλατύ


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lat_deg = 40
lat_min = 38
lon_deg = 22
lon_min = 31
elevation_min = 3
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periph = Central Macedonia
prefec = Imathia
municipality = Platy
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population_as_of = 2001
population = 2299
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postal_code = 590 32
area_code = 2330-63
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Platy or Platì ( _el. Πλατύ) is a village and a municipality in Greece, in the east-southeast part of the Imathia Prefecture (latitude: 40,6403 and longitude: 22.533).

History

Platy was founded in 1924 by Greek refugees from Turkey after the Asia Minor Catastrophe. They came from the villages of the Farassa area in Cappadocia (today the city in Turkey is called Peras or Feke). After many stops on their journey, their final destination was Platy. Before Platy was founded, there was a small village strategically near a railway station. It was 35 km from Veria, 40 from Thessaloniki and 512 from Athens. When Platy was founded it remained a small village with 2,300 inhabitants (as a separate community) but with a very important role in the area of Imathia. In the industrial area of Platy until the mid 1990s there were over 1,500 workers from Platy, Veria and Thessaloniki. However, after the economic crisis of 1999-2002, many of the factories based in the industrial zone of Platy were closed. Today there are only three factories, one of them being of national importance (the sugar state-owned factory "EBZ" or the Hellenic Industry of Sugar). Some other small factories are based in the same industrial zone. In 1994, Platy absorbed three smaller communities and in 1998 another nine. Today, Platy is the centre of the municipality of Platy (about 15,000 inhabitants). The town has a population of about 2,300. There is a frequent train service to Athens and Thessaloniki and the visitor can also reach Platy by bus or car (following A1, A2 - Egnatia Odos and the E90 routes). There have been recent discussions about upgrading the old military airport 2 km NW of Platy for civil use.

ubdivisions

*Ergotaxio Loudia (Εργοτάξιο Λουδία) - abandoned

Municipal districts

*Platy
*Arachos
*Kleidi
*Koryfi
**Palaiochora
**Neochoropoulo
*Lianovergi
**Palaiochori
*Platanos
*Prasinada
**Kydonia
**Niseloudi
*Trikala

Population

ee also

*List of settlements in the Imathia prefecture

External links

* [http://www.dimos-plateos.gr Official web page]
* [http://www.gtp.gr/LocPage.asp?id=6909 Platy on the GTP Travel Pages]


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