Aspropyrgos (Greek: Ασπρόπυργος meaning 'white tower') is a suburb of Athens, and a municipality in the West Attica regional unit, Attica, Greece. It is located 20 km NW of the city center of Athens in the Thriasian plain. The municipality had a population of 27,741 at the 2001 census.
The name 'Aspropyrgos' is derived from the Greek words 'Greek: Άσπρο',meaning 'white' and 'Greek: Πύργος meaning 'castle' or 'tower'.
Transport and Locale
The main street is Dimokratias ('Democracy') Avenue. Eleusis Military Airport forms its communal and municipal boundary in its west, while Mount Parnitha is in the northeast. A small port is found in the south and the shores are aligned with trees; willow and other types of trees dominate the city's coastline. Egaleo Mountain rises southwest of it. Aspropyrgos's terrain is rocky.
Its nearest highway is GR-8A/E94, with an interchange 2 km south of the centre. The interchange was a junction until 1994, and was then closed off from 1996 until 1997 in order to extend the number of lanes to four. The main street also serves a road that linked the Peloponnese and the northern and eastern suburbs of Athens, while the industrial area is in the southeastern part of the Aspropyrgos ; the entire south is also industrialized. Attiki Odos is now accessible to its north with an interchange, and the high-speed rail runs north of it but without a nearby station.
The Aspropyrgos Refinery, south of the city, has been producing oil for many years. It is the largest in Greece, with an annual capacity of 135,000 bbl/d (21,500 m3/d). As a consequence, pollution has been a problem for years. The refinery includes depots in the southern and eastern parts, and some in the western part and at a dock to the southwest. Skaramangas Bay lies to the south ; and a lagoon where the area is less than 1 km². The highway is in the west and the boundary with Chaidari is in the south, with the Aegaleo Ring situated in the east but not fully accessible.
Aspropyrgos used to be a petroleum producing-community, and oil was its main industry together with agriculture. Agriculture is, however, rare today.
Aspropyrgos has schools, secondary schools, colleges, banks, a post office, a train station, a port, and town squares (plateia).
Ano Liosia, NE
Skaramangas, SE, S
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