Rodopi e Komotini PDF | Print | E-mail
Komotini is a city in north-eastern Greece. The history of this busy Greek city reflects its position as a commercial centre at the cross-roads of civilisations. It is the capital of the periphery of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and the Rhodope Prefecture.The city is flat, built on the Thracian plain and next to the feet of the Rhodope Mountains . At the heart of the city lie the evergreen Central Park of Agia Paraskevi and the 15 m-high WW2 Heroes’ Memorial, locally known as ‘The Sword’. The revamped Central square or Plateia Irinis (Square of Peace) is the focus of a vibrant nightlife boosted by the huge number of students living in the city.
The Old commercial centre is very popular with tourists as it houses traditional shops and workshops that have long vanished from other Greek cities. In addition, in the northwestern outskirts of the city (Nea Mosinoupoli) locals and tourists alike flock into a modern shopping mall: Kosmopolis Park, which houses department stores, shops, supermarkets, a cinema complex, cafés and restaurants.
Southwest of the central square one can find the Open-air Municipal Theatre, which hosts many cultural shows and events such as the cultural summer (πολιτιστικό καλοκαίρι = politistiko kalokairi). There is a Regional Theatre (DIPETHE) whose company produces many plays all year round. Komotini has several museums including the Archaeological, Byzantine and Folklore museums.
The population is extremely multilingual for a city of this size and it is made up of local Greeks, Greek refugees from Asia Minor, Greek Muslims, Turks, Pomaks, Roma, descendants of Armenian refugees, and recent refugees from the countries of the former USSR (mainly Georgia, Armenia, Russia and Kazakhstan).
Civilization and entertainment are for Komotini inseparable ideas. The town meditates, invents, has visions, creates, because it is reborn every day through entertainment.
ELEFTHERIA THRAKIS (Komotini, Municipality of Komotini – Rodopi region)
1st week of May – Last week of May
Trahanas (Frumenty- traditional type ready soup)