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A few words about Kalamata:
Kalamata (ΚΑΛΑΜΑΤΑ in Greek), older forms: Kalamai is a city in southern Greece,
on the Peloponnesos, by the Mediterranean. It is the capital of the Messinia
prefecture. It is located about 60 km SE of Kyparissia and GR-9, about 120 km
SSE of Pyrgos, about 80 km SW of Tripoli, about 60 km W of Sparta, NW of
Areopoli and about 8 km E of Messene. In 1991 the city had 44,052 inhabitants.
Capital and chief port of the prefecture of Messinia, built in the heart of
the Messinian Gulf near the ancient city of Farai mentioned by Homer, 238 km
from Athens, the land of Kalamatianos dance and the silk kerchief; of
succulent black olives, honey eyed figs and the honey covered sesame sweet
It is accessed by GR-7/E55/E65 in the west and GR-82 runs
through Kalamata and into the Taygetus. The nearest superhighway is now 35 km
N. From the mid-1980s until 2002, it was 85 km SW in Tripoli.
The name Kalamata may have something to do with the Greek kalo
mata which means good eye. A Byzantine church near the city is devoted to the
virgin of Kalomata.
Contrary to many other Greek cities, Kalamata does not date to classical times. Messini, which is located elsewhere in Messinia, is an ancient site, however. From 1681 on the Venetians ruled Kalamata. In 23rd of March, 1821, Kalamata was the first city to be liberated from the Turkish occupation of as much as over 300 years. In 1825, Ibrahim Pasha destroyed the city during the Greek war of independence. After this, Kalamata was rebuilt and became one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean sea. It is not surprising that the 2nd oldest Chamber of Commerce in the Mediterranean, after that of Marseille, exists in Kalamata. After World War II, and due to political issues, Kalamata, as well as most of the Peloponnese, was excluded from the government development plans, in favour of north Greece instead. That was a major strike on the local economy, resulting in the decline of the port and hence the city. During 70s and the 80s, development and growth in Kalamata were words from worlds away, and only after the city suffered severe damage from the earthquakes of September 1986, the local authorities and individuals strained their financial resources to bring a wind of change to the forgotten capital of Messinia. Due to these efforts, Kalamata has now fully recovered and developed into a modern provincial capital, with all facilities and amenities, as well as one of the most modern hospitals in Greece.
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