Saturday, April 5, 2008

bogini Artemida attiki Peloponnese Attica

In Greek mythology, Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the goddess of forests and hills and was often depicted as carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her.
Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the gods and one of the oldest. Her later association with the moon is a popular idea which has little foundation. She later became identified with Selene, a Titaness who was a Greek moon goddess, and she was sometimes depicted with a crescent moon above her head. She also became identified with the Roman goddess Diana and with the Etruscan goddess, Artume.
Artemida is a suburban town in east Attica, approximately 25 km east of Athens, S of Rafina, NE of the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, E of the Attiki Odos and N of Lavrio.
The population was rural until the 1980s and the 1990s; the population became urban as suburban housing popped up around Artemida's coastline. Housing developments continue to this day and some are intermingled with farmlands or empty land.
Artemida is situated on a plain, with mountains that are covered with forests to the northwest and another deforested rocky mountain to the south, in a farm setting filled with grasslands, some pine forests, rocks and groves and some farmlands. The street system is gridded in a couple of angles aligning with the sea along with residential houses. The forests which include pine, spruce and others, along with forest roads are to the northwest and covers most of the north coast. The July 29 forest fire consumed only the northwestern part but did not threaten the town. The Petalies Gulf lies to the east.
Artemida is famous for its beach stretching over most of the east coast except for some parts, as well as for hotels, bars, restaurants and local taverns.
Artemida is a village near Zacharo in southwestern Ilia prefecture on the northwestern corner of the Peloponnese region of Greece. The village was completely destroyed in the 2007 Greek forest fires. Twenty-three residents of Artemida lost their lives.
On August 30, 2007, the Government of Cyprus announced that it will completely reconstruct the village and cover the complete cost of doing so.