Pylea is the largest municipality in Thessaloniki and stands on the east section of the city. The municipality is parted from the communities: Kato Pylea, Eleones, Lygaria, Malakopi, Eleorama, Kypseli, Rigani, Purna-ri and Topography. Pylea is first mentioned in a text in 319 BC by Thukididis and it was then called Strepsa. During the Byzantine ages and the ages of the Ottomanic domination it was known by the name Kaputzida, which meant castle watchers. Even the name that is used today, Pylea (it was established in 1927) is characterizing the capacity of the inhabitants as guardians of the gates of the city. The inhabitants consider protector of the grounds Profitis Helias and they are honoring him in the 20th of July in a great feast that includes all kinds of events. The cultivation of grapes and the production of wine is very common in the territory, while the municipality is one of the most active municipalities in Thessaloniki as far as trade and financial factors are concerned. The last few years, investors have created several trading centers such as Macedonia, Mediterannean Cosmos, Florida, Apollonia Politia. Many private schools also have their establishments in Pylea, like the American Agricultural School, Kalamari, Regas Fereos, Apostolos Pavlos, the German school of Thessaloniki, Anatolia College. Pylea neighbors with the municipalities of Panorama, Kalamaria and Triandria. The grounds are covered in big parts of and by forests and there are 4,5 km that are coastal on the Thermaikos Gulf.