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Flag of Agios Nikolaos - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 4 February 2013
The municipality of Agios Nikolaos (27,074 inhabitants in 2011; 51,200 ha) was formed in the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the three former municipalities of Agios Nikolaos (19,500 inh.; 31,780 ha), Neapoli (Νεάπολη, 5,059 inh.), and Vrachasi (Βραχάσι, 1,706 inh.).
Lying east of the island's capital Heraklion, the municipality sits partially upon the ruins of the ancient town of Lato pros Kamara (Καμάρα).
Lato pros Kamara was settled in the late Age of Bronze as the expanding population of Dorian Lato settled the coastal area, which had been subject to greater likelihood of marine attack during the earlier Age of Bronze. Lató was destroyed c. 200 BCE, but its port, Lato pros Kamara, was in use during Roman rule. Lato had probably been named after Goddess Leto (of which Lato is the usual Doric form). Lato also minted coins portraying the goddess Eileithyia, who appears to have been particularly worshipped at Lato.
Olivier Touzeau, 4 February 2013
The flag of the former municipality of Agios Nikolaos is blue with the municipal emblem in the center (Kokkonis website). The flag of the former municipality is probably still in use by the new municipality.
The emblem of Agios Nikolaos is prescribed by Decision No. 21, adopted in 1989 by the Municipal Council. The emblem is made of the head of goddess Eíleithyia, beneath "in a circle" the words "LATÓ PRÓS KAMÁRA" and above the head three fishes.It must have been taken from an ancient coin (photo).
By Decision No. 116 of 30 March 2011, the Council of the new municipality decided to retain the emblem adopted back in 1989.
Olivier Touzeau & Paraskevas Renesis, 5 February 2013