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Psychiko

Psychiko
Ψυχικό
Psychiko is located in Greece
Psychiko
Coordinates:
Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit North Athens
Municipality Filothei-Psychiko
 • Municipal unit 2.776 km2 (1.072 sq mi)
Elevation 190 m (620 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 9,529
 • Municipal unit density 3,400/km2 (8,900/sq mi)
Community
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 115 xx, 154 xx
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration Z
Website www.psychiko.gr

Psychiko (Greek: Ψυχικό) is a suburb of Athens, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Filothei-Psychiko, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2]

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • Name 2
  • Historical population 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Embassies and consulates 5
    • Consulates 5.1
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Overview

Psychiko is located 5 km northeast of Athens city centre. It is a strictly residential suburb of Athens, with commercial businesses allowed only within two small designated zones, the "Nea Agora" (New Market) and the "Palaia Agora" (Old Market), with current regulations also restricting buildings to full detachment, and a maximum of 3 floors. Psychiko was historically the home of aristocrats, members of the Greek royal family, and generally old money people. The area remains one of the wealthiest suburbs of Athens, with very high land value, and a number of embassies, particularly of rich Middle Eastern countries, to be found located in Psychiko, Neo Psychiko and neighbouring Filothei. This was once home to Queen Frederika of Greece, until the military coup d'état of 1967. Andreas Papandreou and his wife Margaret also lived in Psychiko before the dictatorship. Later, when he became Prime Minister he left Psychiko and moved to Ekali. In recent decades however, many prominent families choose to build their houses in the southern, seaside suburbs, like Glyfada or Lagonisi. A number of Greek private schools are located in the area: the Athens College, the Moraitis School, the Arsakeio, and the area's most historic public school, the Varvakeio, in Neo Psychiko is also the prestigious Greek/French School "Ursulines". Public municipal facilities, for their part, include a very active cultural center, a 6-court tennis club, an indoor basketball/volleyball stadium, an outdoor basketball and volleyball venue, and a rollerskating rink.

Name

The name literally means "an act of charity".[3] A popular legend[4] about the battle of Marathon and the Marathon run was recorded by Andreas Karkavitsas in the 19th century, and also by Linos Politis.

Office, stores and open air cinema building in Psychiko

Historical population

Year Population
1981 10,775
1991 10,592
2001 10,901
2011 9,529

Notable people

Embassies and consulates

Psychiko is home to many embassies.[5]

  •  Bulgaria
  •  China
  •  Croatia
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Georgia
  •  Hungary
  •  Indonesia
  •  Iran
  •  Iraq
  •  Israel
  •  Jordan
  •  Kuwait
  •  Lebanon
  •  Libya
  •  Morocco
  •  Philippines
  •  Poland
  •  Romania
  •  Russia
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Slovakia
  •  Slovenia
  •  Syria
  •  Thailand
  •  Tunisia
  •   Vatican City State
  •  Venezuela

Consulates

  •  Iceland
  •  Libya
  •  Poland
  •  Turkey

See also

References

  1. ^ "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "ψυχικό", Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής, ed. Institute of Manolis Triantafyllidis, 1998
  4. ^ Science of Folklore By Alexander Haggerty Krappe Page 84 ISBN 0-416-80990-1
  5. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs: GTP Business directory

External links

  • Municipal Website (Greek)
  • Psychiko Cultural Center (Greek)
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