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Alexandroupoli (Municipality, Greece)


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Flag of Alexandroupoli - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 5 February 2013

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Presentation of Alexandroupoli

The municipality of Alexandroupoli (72,959 inhabitants in 2011; 12,199 ha) was formed in the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the three former municipalities of Alexandroupoli (61,702 inh.; 6,422 ha), Feres (Φέρες, 9,839 inh.), and Traianoupoli (Τραϊανούπολη, 3,335 inh.).

The town was founded as Dedeagach - the name was based on the local tradition of a wise old man (or dede) who spent much of his time in the shade of a local tree (in Turkish, ağaç) and was eventually buried beside it. In 1920 it was renamed Alexandroupoli in honor of King Alexander I of Greece.

Olivier Touzeau, 5 February 2013

Flag of Alexandroupoli

The flag of the former municipality of Alexandroupoli (Kokkonis website) was white with the municipal logo and below the name of the municipality. The flag of the former municipality is probably still in use by the new municipality.
The emblem of the former municipality, also used by the new municipality, shows the lighthouse of Alexandroupoli.

Olivier Touzeau, 5 February 2013

Former municipality of Feres


Flag of Feres - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 20 January 2015

Feres was founded in the 11th century by the Byzantine Greek emperor Isaac I Komnenos. Like the rest of the Greek mainland, it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the Middle Ages, until it was taken by Bulgaria in 1913 following Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, but it was eventually liberated by the Greek Army in 1920.
The former municipality, created in 1986, included the communities of Ardanio (Αρδάνιο), Doriskos (Δορίσκος), Feres and Itea (Ιτέα). Under the Capodistrian Plan in 1997, the old communities of Peplos (Πέπλος) and Tryfilli (Τριφύλλι) joined the municipality.

The flag of Feres (Kokkonis website) was yellow with the municipal emblem, which features the church of the monastery of Panagia Kosmosotira and the date of the foundation of the monastery, 1152.

Olivier Touzeau, 20 January 2015