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Nea Roda

Νέα Ρόδα
Village
Panoramic view of Nea Roda.
Panoramic view of Nea Roda.
Nea Roda is located in Greece
Nea Roda
Nea Roda
Coordinates: 40°22′50″N 23°55′30″E / 40.38056°N 23.92500°E / 40.38056; 23.92500
Country Greece
RegionCentral Macedonia
Regional unitChalkidiki
MunicipalityStagira-Akanthos
Population
 (2011)
 • Total1,164

Nea Roda is a village 115 km (71 mi) southeast of Thessaloniki, on the narrowest point of the Athos peninsula in the municipality of Stagira-Akanthos, Chalkidiki, Greece.

Ancient history

In 480 BC, Xerxes, King of Persia, opened a canal for his fleet to pass through. He did this in order to avoid rounding the edge of Athos peninsula, where Mardonius saw his fleet being destroyed ten years earlier due to extreme weather conditions. This is the place where the first attempt of the Persians to conquer the Greek cities-states had failed. The canal needed several years to be built and hundreds of residents of the area (mainly Acanthians, since Acanthus, modern Ierissos, is situated only 5 km away, but also residents of Sani and Ouranoupolis) were used by Xerxes as slaves for the completion of the canal. It is commonly regarded as the site of the world's first offshore wind farm.[citation needed]

Archaeological findings

[1]

Gallery

Modern Origins

The village today is populated by the descendants of immigrants from Roda (now Narlı), and people from various other villages who were forced to leave during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

Etymology

Nea Roda is named after the original village (now in the Turkish provenience of Erdek) called Roda. Rodi (Ρόδι) meaning pomegranate, is the root of the word Roda which means "many pomegranates"; and "Nea" (Νέα) meaning new is the meaning of the first word. This due to an abundance pomegranate trees in the original village. This can be seen even today in the new village, where many people still have pomegranate trees in their backyard.

Today

Today, Nea Roda is a modern village with 1,164 residents (2011 census),[2] making it the second biggest town of the municipal unit of Stagira-Akanthos after Ierissos. Fishing, tourism and agriculture are the people’s main occupations.

References

  1. ^ History & Culture : Archaeological Places, sightseeing
  2. ^ Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.

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