Administrative Region : Central Macedonia
Regional unit : Kilkis

Griva (Greek: Γρίβα ) is a small village located in the Kilkis regional unit in Central Macedonia, Greece. The village hovers on the southeastern portion of Mount Paiko at 470 meters (1541.1 feet) above sea level.

Griva is the largest village in the municipal unit of Goumenissa with a population of 813 people.

Because of the complete destruction of the village by the Ottomans in 1912 during the First Balkan War, there are no structures still existing that were built prior to this period. The village's architecture is the basic standard architecture for nearly all of the towns of the region, with narrow streets, small passageways between the buildings, and cottages fit perfectly into the natural environment of the mountainside. In 1961 of a population of 1,280, an estimated 1,180 Macedonia speakers lived in the village alongside 100 Pontic Greeks.[1]



According to the National Statistical Center of Greece, as of 1991 and 2001, the population of Griva is as follows:
Year Population Change (%)
2001 813 + 4.18 %
1991 779 - 9,57 %
1981 861 - - - - -
The snow-covered landscape of Griva, including the church of St. Athanasius the Great, located in the center.

View of the town hall.


Griva is located 72 kilometers (45 mi) northwest of Thessaloniki, 542 kilometers (337 mi) north of Athens and is located within the Municipality of Goumenissa.

Local agriculture produces chestnuts, sheep, and timber.

Griva has one Primary school and one Elementary school.

Filmography: In 1981, director Tasos Psaras filmed The Factory (Greek : Το Εργοστάσιο)(French : L 'Ucine) in various places within Griva.

Church of St. Athanasius the Great
Monastery of St. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene at Griva (established 1992).


^ Todor Simonovski, The Inhabited Places of Aegean Macedonia, Skopje, 1978, p. 278

External links

Official website
Weather Forecast Γρίβα

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