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Ambelokipi

Ampelokipi is one of the most densely populated communities in Thessaloniki, built on the west section of the city, just 1Klm away from the railway station and 2Klm away from the city center. According to archeological researches the location is connected to the history of the Roman and the first Christian ages. Stone and marble carving workshops were settled here and several known artists created tomb monuments as well as decorative works for the wealthy. Through the ages, Ampelokipi became the community of carving workers, carriers and all sorts of professionals. The excavations brought up to light findings that verify the intense way of life of the inhabitants in the past. In 1926 Ampelokipi is adhered administrative to the newly established com-munity Harmankiu. Just three years later, when the Harmankiu community was disolved Ampelokipi came back to the administration of Thessaloniki. In 1934 according to a decree, Ampelokipi became an autonomous community. The inhabitants during that time (who were mainly immigrating families) were round 4000 and the character of the community was autonomous, as every need in food and clothing was covered and the market was rich in products. In 1928 the Christian Temple Zoodohu Pigi was builted and nowadays is still in service. In 1954 the community became a municipality because of the rising number of the inhabitants and nowadays the municipality counts 70.000 citizens. People still keep inside their hearts the immigrating consciousness very vivid and Ampelokipi is a location where hospitality and constant development co-exist in harmony.

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