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Πανοραμική Νέας Πεντέλης.jpg
Penteli is located in Greece
Location within the region
2011 Dimos Pendelis.png
Coordinates: 38°03′09″N 23°52′06″E / 38.05250°N 23.86833°E / 38.05250; 23.86833Coordinates: 38°03′09″N 23°52′06″E / 38.05250°N 23.86833°E / 38.05250; 23.86833
Administrative regionAttica
Regional unitNorth Athens
 • MayorDimitra Kechagia (Ind.)
 • Municipality36.064 km2 (13.924 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit28.878 km2 (11.150 sq mi)
422 m (1,385 ft)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density970/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
152 36
Area code(s)210
Vehicle registrationZ

Penteli (Greek: Πεντέλη) is a village and a municipality in the North Athens regional unit, Attica, Greece. It belongs to the Athens rural area. It takes its name from Mount Pentelicus.


The municipality Penteli was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]


Penteli is situated on the southern slopes of the limestone Penteli mountains. The municipality has an area of 36.064 km2, the municipal unit Penteli 28.878 km2.[3] It is 14 km northeast of central Athens. Some of the neighbourhoods of Penteli are Agia Triada, Agios Dimitrios, Daou and Kallithea.


The bones of prehistoric animals - mastodons, rhinoceros, antelope, and giraffe, along with giant turtles, hyenas and other animals no longer extant in the area - have been found among the limestone crags of the mountain that looms over the present suburb of Athens. The Penteli mountains were renowned in Classical Greece as well as in the Roman Empire as a source of the marble, which was also used to build the Parthenon. The Romans constructed a 140-foot water tower and aqueduct to supply water to the city of Athens. Penteli is the site of the ancient town of Pentele.[4]

During the Greek War of Independence, the French philhellene Sophie de Marbois-Lebrun, Duchess of Plaisance supported the revolutionary leaders. When she settled in Greece in 1834, she bought large plots of land in Athens and on the Penteli mountain. She had the Rododafni Castle in Penteli built for her.

In July 1995, Penteli was ravaged by a large forest fire. According to Turkish former prime minister, Mesut Yilmaz, many of the forest fires that raged the Greek countryside during that summer were actually started by Turkish secret service agents.[citation needed] The forests of Penteli suffered damage again from the August 2007 fires.


The area is serviced by Pentelis railway station on the Athens Airport–Patras line.

Historical population

Year Municipal unit Municipality
1981 2,286 -
1991 3,197 -
2001 4,829 -
2011 4,995 34,934


The monastery of Penteli
The monastery of Penteli

Byzantine monuments

The catholicon of the old Monastery of St.Nicholas (Kallesia-Penteli). A wall painting monument of George Markou the Argus,[6] the great and prolific post-Byzantine ecclesiastic iconographer of the 18th century.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "ΦΕΚ A 87/2010, Kallikratis reform law text" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  4. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 59, and directory notes accompanying.
  5. ^ Rododafni Castle
  6. ^ ".:BiblioNet : Ανδρέου, Ευάγγελος". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  7. ^ ("...Nel 1727, Marcou si trova di nuovo ad Atene, dove assume l’agiografia dei Templi di....e di San Nicola Callision a Pendeli. E evidente, che Marcou acquistò, di nuovo, la conoscenza con il Monastero Pendelis...") Evangelos Andreou [1]


  • Center of Penteli
    Center of Penteli
  • Penteli Monastery entrance
    Penteli Monastery entrance
  • Inside the monastery of Penteli
    Inside the monastery of Penteli
  • Penteli fields
    Penteli fields
  • Tourelle tower
    Tourelle tower
  • Penteli fallen residents monument
    Penteli fallen residents monument