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Olympos, Karpathos

Olympos is located in Greece
Country Greece
Administrative region South Aegean
Regional unit Karpathos
Municipality Karpathos
 • Municipal unit 104.9 km2 (40.5 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 556
 • Municipal unit density 5.3/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Olympos (Greek: Όλυμπος) is a village and a former community on the island of Karpathos, in the Dodecanese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Karpathos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is located in the northern part of the island. Population 761 (2001). The municipal unit includes Saria Island and the uninhabited islets of Astakída, Atsakidópoúlo, Divoúnia, and Chamilí. The total land area of the community is 104.876 km².


  • History 1
    • Historical population 1.1
  • Notable people 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In antiquity in this place there was the Doric city Vrykous of Vrycous. Vrykous was one of the three ancient cities of Karpathos.[3] It was located near the village Avlona. Today a small part of the city and the walls are preserved as well as some ruins from graves and three old Christian churches.[4] The city of Vrykous was kept until the 7th or 8th century. Then the residents sought refuge in more mountainous areas on account of Saracen pirates. The refugees from Vrykous founded Olympos possibly in those years. Olympos was named after the mountain where it is built. The name of the village is feminine (Η Όλυμπος/I Olympos) contrary to the name of the mountain that is masculine (Ό Όλυμπος/O Olympos). The name Elympos (Έλυμπος) is used, mainly by local villagers.[5] The villagers of Olympos kept the local dialect and the traditional costume due to the isolation of this place from the rest of Karpathos. The traditional style of the village attracts many tourists nowadays.

Historical population

Census Settlement Community
1991 304
2001 323 480
2011 270 556

Notable people

Yannis Philippakis, frontman of the British band Foals


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  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
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External links

  • Map showing community of Olympus on Karpathos Island and Saria Island

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