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  • Kokkinopilos (Κοκκινοπηλός) Larissa
  • Kokkinopilos is a mountain village in the prefecture of Larissa. It is built on the slopes of Olympus at an altitude of 1,250 meters and is the most mountainous village in the prefecture of Larissa. Administratively it belongs to the municipality of Olympus and according to the 2001 census its population is 200 inhabitants, who are engaged in logging, agriculture and animal husbandry. It is 34 km from Elassona and 50 km from Katerini.

    The village is also known as Kokkinoplos. Its name is generally derived from the characteristic red soil of the soil. It was created around the 12th century by Vlach farmers and stockbreeders and during the Turkish occupation it was a booty of thieves and gunmen.

    During the 19th century, the village's population began to decline due to the rule of Ali Pasha, the invasions of Turkalvan robbers, but also the cholera epidemic that hit the village in 1813. The inhabitants settled in the surrounding areas, where newer separate settlements developed. or were absorbed in settlements of Pieria and Katerini, such as, for example, in the village of Malathria.

    During the Occupation, guerrillas were active in the village, as a result of which it was set on fire by the Germans, at which point a large flight of the population was observed again after the war.

    The village has many watermills, lime kilns and a windmill.

    A festival is held in Kokkinopilos on July 25-27, on the day of Agia Paraskevi.

    External links

    Kokkinopilou Municipal District
    Kokkinoplites Association of Pieria Prefecture - Information about the village [dead link]
    Vlachochoria - Kokkinoplos: Photos

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