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Rafina-Pikermi (Municipality, Greece)


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Presentation of Rafina-Pikermi

The municipality of Rafina-Pikermi (20,266 inhabitants in 2011, 4,184 ha) was established in the 2011 local government reform as the merger of the former municipalities of Pikermi (2,931 inh.) and Rafina (13,091 inh.).

Olivier Touzeau, 20 December 2014

Former municipality of Rafina


Flag of Rafina - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 20 December 2014

During the ancient times, Rafina was one of the 100 demes of Athens which was defined by Kleisthenes. The municipality was called Arafin, by the name of its first ruler, Arafinas, who was one of the 100 heroes of Attica.
After the defeat of the Greek army in the Minor Asia (1922), many refugees arrived in Greece. Some of them arrived by ships owned by Filippos Kabounides, a shipowner from Triglia (Tirilye); a year later (29 August 1923), Kabounides' ships brought to Rafina refugees who had lived in Tenedos for one year. Six years later (1929), Rafina became a community. During the 1950s Pantovasilissa's church was built in remembrance of the Byzantine church in Triglia which hold the same name.
Rafina became a municipality in 1994.

The flag of Rafina (photo; Kokkonis website) was yellow with a wide blue border and the municipal emblem in the middle. The emblem features Agios Nikolaos chapel in Rafina port.

Olivier Touzeau, 20 December 2014