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Rigas Feraios (Municipality, Greece)

Ρήγας Φεραίος

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Flag of Rigas Feraios - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 29 April 2019

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Presentation of Rigas Feraios

The municipality of Rigas Feraios (10,922 inhabitants in 2011; 55,060 ha) was formed in the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities of Feres (Φερές, 5,752 inh.), Karla (Κάρλα, 4,747 inh.), and Keramidi (Κεραμίδι, 423 inh.).

Ivan Sache, 29 April 2019

Flag of Rigas Feraios

The flag of Rigas Feraios (photo) is white with the municipal emblem, which features a portrait of the municipality's namesake.

The seat of the municipality is Velestino (3,403 ha), the birth town of Rigas Feraois (1760-1708), a Greek patriot and poet. In 1793, he edited in Vienna, then home of a large Greek community, a Greek-language newspaper, Ephemeris (Daily), and a map of Greater Greece, which included Constantinople. While attempting to communicate with Napoléon Bonaparte, Rigas was betrayed and arrested in Trieste by the Austrian police; with five of his collaborators, he was executed in Constantinople upon order of Sultan Selim III.
[Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1911]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 5 May 2019