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Galaxidi (Greek: Γαλαξείδι, or Γαλαξίδι, Katharevousa: Γαλαξίδιον), is a town and a former municipality in the southern part of Phocis, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Delphi, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It has a small harbor on the Gulf of Corinth. The Greek National Road 48/E65 connects Galaxidi with Naupactus and Itea. Galaxidi is located about 10 km S of Itea and about 30 km S of Amfissa, S of Lamia, about 25 km SW of Delphi, WSW of Livadeia and E of Naupactus.

Until the late 19th century, Galaxidi had a sizeable merchant marine fleet and was a prosperous commercial centre. This is reflected in the size and style of the local buildings. Preservation of the traditional architecture has facilitated the growth of tourism in recent decades. The marine museum contains exhibits from this period.
St Nicolas Church

Galaxidi has a primary school, a high school, three churches, several bakeries, a post office, bank, a pottery and three squares (plateia).

There are few farms in the area. In recent years commercial fish farming has been developing.

Municipality of Galaxidi also consists of nearby villages "Ayioi Pantes" (Αγιοι Παντες), "Penteoria" (Πεντεορια) and "Vounihora" (Βουνιχωρα). There is a road behind the town that leads up the mountain to the Monastery of the Metamorphosis (actually a convent that was inabited by one nun as of 2010). This provides a splendid view of the city and its surroundings. On a clear day, the Peloponnese can also be seen to the south.
View of Galaxidi from the Monastery of the Metamorphosis

Galaxidi

Town layout

Galaxidi is a small port situated on a natural double harbour surrounded by mountains. The deeper main harbour provides docking facilities for yachts and small fishing boats and is lined with restaurants, bars, and stores. The smaller harbour, Hirolaka, is residential, with a park (platia) from which there is a splendid view of Itea and Delphi. The western part of Parnassus can be seen from here. On the rocky shoreline by the side of the larger harbour, is a pine forest planted by school children in the early twentieth century.
View of Hirolakas Harbour
View of Itea and Delphi at dusk from Hirolakas Harbour

Subdivisions

Galaxidi flour festival

Division of the municipality (population 3030)

Penteoria

Penteoria is a small village near the mountain Gkiona (the name Penteoria is derived from the borders it has with 5 nearby communities) , http://www.penteoriavillage.gr


Historical population
Year Town population Municipality population
1981 1,264 -
1991 1,369 2,494
2001 1,718 3,030

Sites of interest

Maritime Museum of Galaxidi, a museum which includes the Galaxidi Chronicle which was published by KN Sathas in 1865. It used to serve as a town hall for Galaxidi.

Notable people

Spyros Vassiliou,[2] artist

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Επίτομο Γεωγραφικό Λεξικό της Ελλάδος (Geographical Dictionary of Greece), Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος, Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, εκδ. Ερμής, ΑΘήνα 2001

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