Aerial view of Artemis 18.02.2009 14-41-13.JPG
Artemida is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 37°58′N 24°0′E / 37.967°N 24.000°E / 37.967; 24.000Coordinates: 37°58′N 24°0′E / 37.967°N 24.000°E / 37.967; 24.000
Administrative regionAttica
Regional unitEast Attica
 • Municipal unit18.653 km2 (7.202 sq mi)
Highest elevation
204 m (669 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
190 16
Area code(s)22940
Vehicle registrationZ, I

Artemida (Greek: Αρτέμιδα, until 1977 Loutsa, Greek: Λούτσα) is an Eastern suburb of Athens. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Spata-Artemida, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 18.653 km2.[3]


The city was named after the ancient goddess Artemis. The Temple of Artemis Brauron was among the most important sacred sites in the ancient times. Vravrona (or Brauron), about 20 km from Athens, was one of the 12 towns of Attica that was united to Athens by Theseus.
The ancient temple of Artemis is of Doric style and flourished in the 5th-4th century B.C. According to a myth, this is the temple where Iphigeneia was brought by her brother Orestes, when they met in the land of Tauris, where she served as a priestess in a local temple of Artemis. Iphigeneia had been transferred to Tauris by goddess Artemis herself, when she saved her from the sacrifice in Aulis. Returning to Greece, Iphigeneia brought with her a wooden statue of Artemis from Tauris.[4]


Artemida is located on the Aegean Sea coast, in the eastern part of the Attica peninsula. It lies 5 km south of Rafina, 8 km east of Spata, 9 km north of Porto Rafti and 25 km east of Athens city centre. Greek National Road 85 (Rafina - Lavrio) passes through the town.

Historical population

Year Population
1981 4,249
1991 9,485
2001 17,391
2011 21,488

See also


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ "Sanctuary of Artemis in Vravrona". Archived from the original on 26 October 2013.