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Veria municipality
Δήμος Βέροιας (Βέροια)
Veria (Greece)
Basic data
State : GreeceGreece Greece
Region : Central Macedonia
Regional District : Imathia
Geographic coordinates : 40 ° 31 '  N , 22 ° 12'  E Coordinates: 40 ° 31 '  N , 22 ° 12'  E
Area : 791.43 km²
Residents : 66,547 (2011)
Population density : 84.1 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 59100
Prefix: (+30) 23310
Community logo:
Veria municipality logo
Seat: Veria
LAU-1 code no .: 0801
Districts : 5 municipal districts
Local self-government : f122 city districts
27 local communities
Location in the Central Macedonia region
File: 2011 Dimos Verias.png
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Veria ( Greek Βέροια ( f. Sg. ); Also transcribed as Veroia, Berrhoia, Beroia, Beroea, Beröa, Berea and Weria; Bulgar . / Maz. Ber Бер; Turkish Karaferya ) is a town and at the same time a municipality in the northern Greek region Central Macedonia .


Veria topographic map

The city of Veria is located in the southwestern foothills of the Central Macedonian Plain. To the west and southwest, the urban area is bounded by the eastern foothills of the Vermio Mountains. The flat areas of the Central Macedonian Plain border the city directly to the north, east and south. South of the city, the Aliakmonas River passes the Vermio Mountains in the south and the Pieria Mountains in their north (Kastanea Pass) and enters the Central Macedonian Plain. South of Veria the Aliakmonas is dammed up to the Sfikia reservoir , southwest of Veria there is the much larger Polyfytos reservoir of the same river. The city of Veria is traversed by the Tripotamos , which, coming from the Vermio Mountains in the west, flows eastwards towards Aliakmonas and Loudias .

Thessaloniki is 65 km northeast of Veria. After Naoussa in the northwest is 16 km away, Kozani is situated 42 km to the west and Katerini 38 km southeast of Veria. Vergina , the city with the royal tomb of Philip II , is located 11 km east-southeast of Veria across the Aliakmonas on the northern foothills of the Pieria Mountains.



Theagenes (2nd century BC) writes in the Macedonica about the deity Beroia , a daughter of Beres and the sister of Mieza and Olganos . The city was named after her.


Mosaic at the memorial of the Apostle Paul

The area around Veria is one of the oldest settlements in Greece. Finds from Nea Nicomedeia 9 km northeast of the city date to around the year 6250 BC. The first written mention of the place can be found in Thucydides in his work on the Peloponnesian War . 432 BC The armed forces of Athens and the Macedonian king Perdiccas II met before the siege of Potidea and after the conquest of Thermi near Veria. The Athenian armed forces under Callias II tried to conquer Verias, but failed.

Veria experienced a significant boom in the time of the Diadochs of Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic period. 288 BC BC Pyrrhus , king of Epirus , conquered the city. 278/279 BC Celts plundered the city as part of their incursions into Greece. In the further course the city fell back to the Kingdom of Macedonia. Veria continued to flourish under the rule of the Antigonids with the kings Perseus and Philip V. Citizens from Veria occupy prominent positions in the military and administration of the Kingdom of Macedonia under the Antigonids.

168 BC After the defeat of the Macedonian king Perseus in the battle of Pydna , Veria fell as the first Macedonian city to the Roman Empire and became part of the Roman province of Macedonia. Under Roman control, the city of Veria continued to grow in importance. The ancient towns of Mieza and Aegae were absorbed by the city of Veria. Veria, like Edessa and Pella, belonged to the third part of the Roman province of Macedonia during Roman rule. Veria was the seat of the Macedonian League during the Roman rule.

Around 50 AD, according to the biblical book of Acts, the Apostle Paulus visited Veria and found a positive response from the residents to his sermons ( Acts 17.10  EU .13 EU ; 20.3f. EU ). In the immediate vicinity of the center there is a modern memorial that commemorates the stay of the apostle. A few years later a Christian diocese was established with a bishop's seat. In the further course of Roman rule, Veria even became the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia, especially after the decline of Vergina (Aegae) and the settlement of Romans near Dion and Pella. The last written record of Veria's history in antiquity dates back to AD 313, when Christianity was about to become the dominant religion in the Roman Empire.

Byzantine era


Despite the prominent importance of Veria during Roman rule, there are very few written records about the city in the further course of history under predominantly Byzantine rule. In the 10th century the Bulgarians conquered the area and then lost it again to Byzantium. The Byzantine Empire was only able to maintain its rule until 1204.

With the fall of Constantinople as part of the fourth crusade and the establishment of the Kingdom of Thessaloniki , Veria first fell to this crusader state. Its rule does not last long; as early as 1224 the despotate of Epirus conquered the area back as part of its expansion to the northeast, thereby ending the rule of the Latin house of Montferrat . However, the Byzantine state was only able to exercise control over Veria for barely a century. Under the rule of Ioannis Kantakouzenos, Veria was described as a large and populous city during this period. On the other hand, the total of 51 churches from Byzantine times indicate that Veria had at least a lively spiritual and religious life.

Ottoman rule

Byzantine rule ends with the conquest of Verias by the Ottomans in the 15th century. The exact date of the conquest is not exactly clear: Veria fell to the Ottoman Empire at the same time as Thessaloniki in 1430, 1433 or 1448. It is not known whether the conquests of 1430 and 1433 were followed by permanent or only temporary rule by the Ottomans. The first attack by Turkish forces on Veria was recorded in 1331 under the Emirate of Karasi, who supported the respective Byzantine pretenders as auxiliary troops. In the middle of the 14th century, Veria fell under the rule of the Serbian king Stefan Dušan . After his death in 1355, however, the Serbian Empire disintegrated, Veria initially fell to the counter-emperor Simeon Palaiologos , and from 1362 to be under the sovereignty of the emperor Stefan Uroš V and Mrnjavčević . After the Battle of Mariza in 1371, the Ottomans occupied Veria, the exact date is not known. Temporary Ottoman conquests took place in 1373, 1383 and May 8, 1387. In the winter of 1393 and 1394, the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I stayed in Veria to coordinate the campaigns of his armed forces in the Peloponnese. The rule of the Ottomans over Veria began in 1448. In 1461, Sultan Mehmet II stayed in town and negotiated the transfer of the fortress Monemvasia in the Peloponnese by the despot of Morea to the Ottoman Empire.

Monastery records show the first Ottoman and Turkish settlers as early as the 14th century. In the course of Ottoman rule, extensive settlement movements resulted in a significant increase in the non-Christian population; Turks , Albanians and Wallachians in particular settled here. A Verias tax list from 1528 shows that there were 234 Muslim and 669 Christian families at that time. In 1568, 425 Muslim and 459 Christian families were registered in Veria. Between 1568 and 1617 there was a significant decrease in population: in 1617 there were 150 taxable families, in the second half of the 16th century there were 4,000 houses in 16 Muslim and 15 Christian neighborhoods or city districts. For the first time, two Jewish communities that were found in the city were also mentioned. The non-Muslim parts of the population are divided into Greeks , Serbs , Bulgarians , Jews and Wallachians in the second half of the 16th century . At the end of the 18th century, the French traveler Félix Beaujour noted that Veria had 8,000 inhabitants. William Martin Leake reported in 1806 of 2000 families, of which 1200 were said to be Greek. In 1798, Veria fell under the rule of Ali Pascha Tepelena (Pasha of Ioannina), who provided the city with fortresses.

From the Greek War of Independence to the Present

In 1822 Veria was also the scene of fighting during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829). In February 1822 the Greek insurgents attacked under the leadership of the Armatolen Gero-Karatasos Veria. In contrast to the neighboring town of Naoussa, it was not possible to conquer it ; in March 1822, 70 to 80 resistance fighters from Veria were arrested. In April 1822 Naoussa fell back to the Ottoman Empire, the fighting in the Veria area during the War of Independence ended with this Greek defeat.

In 1831, after the founding of the Kingdom of Greece, the Ottomans in Veria recorded 12,732 male residents in the area of ​​Veria by means of a census. Only 13.2% of the male residents are said to have been Muslim, which would indicate a significant decline in the Muslim population. This decline in the Muslim population was compensated for by the settlement of Ottoman refugees from the Peloponnese after the end of the Greek War of Independence in 1829. In August 1864 (or 1862) there was a major fire in Veria, which destroyed a considerable part of the city. The city was subsequently restored. Struck reported in 1908 that Veria had 2,800 houses and 13,900 residents. 5500 inhabitants are Muslim, 5000 are Greek, 800 are Muslim Sinti and Roma and 600 Sephardic Jews. Two years earlier, an Ottoman census registered 14,000 inhabitants in 32 urban districts with 2,131 houses.

In the spring of 1905 Kapitan Akritas (K. Mazarakis) took over command of Greek underground fighters in the Veria-Naoussa-Edessa region in Veria. In the further course there were armed clashes between the Greek underground fighters, Macedonian and Bulgarian insurgents and the Ottoman troops. On November 1, 1912, the Greek army captured Veria as part of the first Balkan War . Then the place became part of the Kingdom of Greece.

After the Greek defeat in the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1923), there was a massive upheaval in the population structure of Verias. The " population exchange " of 1.5 million Greeks and 0.5 million Turks agreed between Greece and Turkey in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne resulted in the Turkish population having to leave Veria. In Veria “in return” Greek refugees from Asia Minor, Eastern Thrace and the Black Sea coast settled. In 1928, as a result of this "population exchange", Veria had a share of refugees in the total population of 43 percent.

In 1941 the Wehrmacht troops conquered the city as part of the Marita company and brought the place under German occupation. In October 1944, the German troops withdrew from Greece.

Veria city view


Administrative division

Veria was recognized as an independent municipality (dimos) after the annexation to Greece in the first Balkan war in 1918 . In 1997 the municipality of Veria was expanded to include several neighboring municipalities due to the reform of the Greek local government. With the administrative reform of 2010 , four neighboring municipalities were again incorporated into Veria, which - like the previous municipality of Veria itself - have since formed municipal districts (Ez. Dimotiki enotita ). The old municipal districts are run as city districts (dimotiki kinotita) or local communities (topiki kinotita) . The indicated population figures come from the result of the 2011 census.

  • Municipality of Apostolos Pavlos - Δημοτική Ενότητα Αποστόλου Παύλου - 8,818 inhabitants
    • Macrochori district - Δημοτική Κοινότητα Μακροχωρίου / Μακροχώρι - 5,189 inhabitants
    • Local community Diavatos - Τοπική Κοινότητα Διαβατού / Διαβατός - 1,276 inhabitants
    • Local community Kouloura - Τοπική Κοινότητα Κουλούρας / η Κουλούρα - 992 inhabitants
    • Local community Lykogianni - Τοπική Κοινότητα Λυκόγιαννης - 560 inhabitants
      • Nea Lykogianni - Νέα Λυκόγιαννη - 399 inhabitants
      • Palea Lykogianni Παλαιά Λυκόγιαννη - 161 inhabitants
    • Local community Nea Nicomidia - Τοπική Κοινότητα Νέας Νικομηδείας / Νέα Νικομήδεια - 801 inhabitants
  • Dovras municipality - Δημοτική Ενότητα Δοβρά - 5,313 inhabitants
    • Local community Agios Georgios - Τοπική Κοινότητα Αγίου Γεωργίου / Άγιος Γεώργιος - 1,763 inhabitants
    • Local community Agia Marina - Τοπική Κοινότητα Αγίας Μαρίνας / Αγία Μαρίνα - 864 inhabitants
    • Local community Fytia - Τοπική Κοινότητα Φυτείας - 551 inhabitants
      • Agios Nikolaos - Άγιος Νικόλαος - 68 inhabitants
      • Fytia - Φυτεία - 409 inhabitants
      • Kostochori - Κωστοχώρι - 52 inhabitants
      • Lianovrochi - Λιανοβρόχι - 22 inhabitants
    • Local community Patrida - Τοπική Κοινότητα Πατρίδος - 1,520 inhabitants
      • Patrida - Πατρίδα - 1,492 inhabitants
      • Kali Panagia - Καλή Παναγία - 28 inhabitants
    • Local community Trilofo - Τοπική Κοινότητα Τριλόφου / Τρίλοφο - 615 inhabitants
  • Makedonida municipality - Δημοτική Ενότητα Μακεδονίδος - 1,646 inhabitants
    • Local community Daskio - Τοπική Κοινότητα Δασκίου - το Δάσκιο - 286 inhabitants
    • Local community Polydendro - Τοπική Κοινότητα Πολυδένδρου - 162 inhabitants
      • Polydendro - Πολύδενδρο - 123 inhabitants
      • Elafina - Ελαφίνα - 8 inhabitants
      • Moni Timiou Prodromou - Μονή Τιμίου Προδρόμου - 5 residents
      • Poros - Πόρος - 9 inhabitants
      • Charadra - Χαράδρα - 17 inhabitants
    • Local community Rizomata - Τοπική Κοινότητα Ριζωμάτων - τα Ριζώματα - 816 inhabitants
    • Local community Sfikia - Τοπική Κοινότητα Σφηκιάς - η Σφηκιά - 382 inhabitants
  • Vergina municipality - Δημοτική Ενότητα Βεργίνης - 2,464 inhabitants
    • Local community Metochio Prodromou - Τοπική Κοινότητα Μετόχιο Προδρόμου / Μετόχιο Προδρόμου - 110 inhabitants
    • Local community Palatitsia - Τοπική Κοινότητα Παλατιτσίων / Παλατίτσια - 834 inhabitants
    • Local community Sykea - Τοπική Κοινότητα Συκέας / Συκέα - 278 inhabitants
    • Local community Vergina - Τοπική Κοινότητα Βεργίνης / Βεργίνα - 1,242 inhabitants
  • Veria municipality - Δημοτική Ενότητα Βέροιας - 48,306 inhabitants
    • Veria district - Δημοτική Κοινότητα Βέροιας - 44,291 inhabitants
      • City of Veria - Βέροια - 43,158 inhabitants
      • Kydonochori - Κυδωνοχώρι - 3 inhabitants
      • Lazochori - Λαζοχώρι - 380 inhabitants
      • Mesi - Μέση - 568 inhabitants
      • Tagarochori - Ταγαροχώρι - 182 inhabitants
    • Local community Agia Varvara - Τοπική Κοινότητα Αγίας Βαρβάρας / Αγία Βαρβάρα - 896 inhabitants
    • Local community Ammos - Τοπική Κοινότητα Άμμος - 198 inhabitants
    • Local community Asomata - Τοπική Κοινότητα Ασώματα - 607 inhabitants
    • Local community Georgiani - Τοπική Κοινότητα Γεωργιανών / Γεωργιανοί - 339 inhabitants
      • Georgiani - Γεωργιανοί - 508 inhabitants
      • Lefkopetra - Λευκόπετρα - 59 inhabitants
    • Local community Kastanea - Τοπική Κοινότητα Καστανέας / Καστανέα - 116 inhabitants
      • Kastanea - Καστανέα - 84 inhabitants
      • Mikra Sanda - Μικρά Σάντα - 32 inhabitants
    • Local community Kato Vermio - Τοπική Κοινότητα Κάτω Βερμίου / Κάτω Βέρμιο - 75 inhabitants
    • Local community Koumaria - Τοπική Κοινότητα Κουμαριάς / Κουμαριά - 339 inhabitants
      • Koumaria - Κουμαριά - 243 inhabitants
      • Xirolivado - Ξηρολίβαδο - 96 inhabitants
    • Local community Profitis Ilias - Τοπική Κοινότητα Προφήτης Ηλίας - uninhabited
    • Local community Rachi - Τοπική Κοινότητα Ράχης / Ράχη - 610 inhabitants
    • Local community Tripotamos - Τοπική Κοινότητα Τριποτάμου - 666 inhabitants
      • Tripotamos - Τριπόταμος - 553 inhabitants
      • Kato Komninio - Κάτω Κομνήνειο - 70 inhabitants
      • Komninio - Κομνήνειο - 45 inhabitants
Population development in the city or municipality of Veria
year Residents absolute
1981 37,966 - -
1991 37,858 -108 -0.29%
2001 47,411 +9,553 + 25.23%

Economy and Infrastructure

The economic mainstay of the modern era was and is the cultivation and processing of cotton in Veria. The water-rich Macedonian plain surrounding the Veria is very suitable for growing cotton.

Veria has a very good connection to the Greek transport infrastructure. The main mode of transport in Greece, road transport, connects Veria via national road 4 from (Nea) Chalkidona to national road 2 ( Florina –Edessa – Thessaloniki – Kavala) in the prefecture of Thessaloniki via Alexandria to Kozani . The national road 4 passed in a winding stretch from Veria the southeast and southern flanks of the Vermio massif north of the Aliakmonas river (Kastanea pass) via the village of Polymylos to Kozani. Veria has been connected to the Greek motorway network since 2004. The highway 2 (Egnatia; Europastraße 90 ) connects to the west with Veria Kozani and Grevena along the route of the national road 4 having a continuous navigable highway. the motorway can be used continuously to Ioannina and Igoumenitsa . To the east, motorway 2 leads to Klidi on the coast of the thermal gulf, where it then runs jointly with motorway 1 towards Thessaloniki . In addition to the continuation of Autobahn 2 beyond Thessaloniki, there is a continuous motorway connection with Chalkidiki , Kavala , Xanthi , Komotini and Alexandroupoli . Another well-developed road connects Veria via Kopanos, Lefkadia and Skydra with Edessa in the north. The same road also connects Veria with the second largest city in Imathia Prefecture, Naoussa , which is west of Kopanos. Road connections that lead south across the Aliakmonas River and the Pieria Mountains do not exist.

Veria also has a connection to the Greek railway network. The standard gauge line Thessaloniki Edessa Florina runs through the urban area of ​​Veria including a train station. However, there is no direct railway line to Athens.

Panoramic view of the city of Veria

Web links

Commons : Veria  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Results of the 2011 census at the National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΛ.ΣΤΑΤ) ( Memento from June 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (Excel document, 2.6 MB)
  2. ^ A b Karl Andree , Robert Sieger : Geography of World Trade: An economic geographic description of the earth. LW Seidel & Sohn, Vienna 1926, p. 887.
  3. France État-major de l'armée. Revue militarie de l'étranger. R. Chapelot & Cie, 1899, p. 459.
  4. Joseph Hammer-Purgstall: History of the Ottoman Empire. Volume 1, CA Hartleben, Pest (Budapest) 1827, p. 127.
  5. Chatzopoulos, Miltiadēs V. Macedonian Institutions Under the Kings: a historical and epigraphic study . Kentron Hellēnikēs kai Rōmaïkēs Archaiotētos, 1996, ISBN 960-7094-89-1
  6. ^ Friedrich Immanuel: The Balkan War 1912/13. Second and third booklet. The war up to the beginning of the armistice in December 1912. Ernst Siegfried Mittler and Son, Berlin 1913, p. 91.
  7. Renée Hirschon: Crossing the Aegean: An Appraisal of the 1923 Compulsory Population Exchange Between Greece and Turkey. Berghahn Books, 2003, ISBN 1-57181-767-0 , p. 140.