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Spata-Artemida (Municipality, Greece)


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Presentation of Spata-Artemida

The municipality of Spata-Artemida (33,821 inhabitants in 2011, 7,395 ha) was established in the 2011 local government reform as the merger of the former municipalities of Artemida (Αρτέμιδα, 21,488 inh.) and Spata (Σπάτα, 12,333 inh.).

Olivier Touzeau, 10 January 2015

Flag of Spata-Artemida

The flag of Spata-Artemida (photo) is white with a black and white emblem similar to the one used by the ofrmer municipality of Spata.

Olivier Touzeau, 10 January 2015

Former municipality of Spata


Flag of Spata - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 10 January 2015

Spata is located 20 km east of Athens. The town proper is made up of residential neighborhoods. Farmland, mostly vineyards and olive groves, lie around. Athens International Airport ("Eleftherios Venizelos") covers the eastern portion of Spata.
Since the Medieval Ages, Spata has been inhabited by Arvanites. The town (then village) was repopulated by the medieval Tosk clan of Shpata around the 15th century, after they emigrated from Epirus. It was named after Gjin Bua Shpata, who was despot of Arta in the 14th century. The patron saints of the town are the Sts. Peter and Paul, celebrated at the Byzantine chapel of the same name, located near the eastern edge of the town.

The flag of Spata (Kokkonis website) was white with the municipal emblem - a Byzantine chapel - in Burgundy red in a blue circle, with the name of the municipality and its date of creation (1998),

Olivier Touzeau, 10 January 2015