Vourvoura
Βούρβουρα
Vourvoura is located in Greece
Vourvoura
Vourvoura
Coordinates: 37°20.1′N 22°29.5′E / 37.3350°N 22.4917°E / 37.3350; 22.4917Coordinates: 37°20.1′N 22°29.5′E / 37.3350°N 22.4917°E / 37.3350; 22.4917
CountryGreece
Administrative regionPeloponnese
Regional unitArcadia
MunicipalityTripoli
Municipal unitSkiritida
Community
 • Population252 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Vourvoura (Greek: Βούρβουρα) is a village in the municipal unit of Skiritida, Arcadia, Greece. It is situated in the northwestern part of the Parnon mountains, at 1,000 m above sea level. In 2011, it had a population of 252. It is 5 km west of Agios Petros, 5 km north of Karyes (Laconia) and 22 km southeast of Tripoli.

History

Ottoman Vourvoura

Vourvoura was founded sometime between 1600-1620. In the year 1715 Vourvoura was looted and pillaged by the ottomans due to a high number of klephts residing in Vourvoura. Vourvoura was liberated in early February 1770 by greek rebels during the Orlov revolt. The ottomans managed to reclaim Vourvoura and supress the Orlov revolt on the 17th of June 1771.

Liberation of Vourvoura

The Greek war of independence began on the 25th of March 1821 and on the 28th of march 1821 a group of 40 soldiers defeated the 5 turkish soldiers stationed at Vourvoura and liberated the village.

Greek Vourvoura

In 1822 3 chiot families escaped from Chios and fled to Vourvoura due to the Chios massacre. In 1863 the Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Βουρβούρων was founded in Vourvoura. In 1917 the first car was brought to Vourvoura. In 1940 106 male Greeks from Vouvoura volunteered to go fight for the fatherland in the greco italian war. In the following year 1941 life was really tough as Nazi germany had defeated greece in the Battle of greece. and Nazi germany sent Italian soldiers to Vourvorua to keep watch and occupy the village. Food and water were nowehre to be to found as the germans and Italians confiscated and stole food out of houses and created a man made famine for greece. When the Italians surrendered in 1943 the Germans came and killed anyone the saw on the streets including 80 year old men and 6 year old children,the Germans also burnt and destroyed houses and crops. The worst to happen was on 26th and 27th of June 1944 where the Germans committed the holocaust of Vourvoura killing 39 people. The day after the holocaust the Germans retreated from vourvoura due to an allies reaching sparta. From the years 1946-1949 Vourvoura was embroiled in a civil war between the royalists and communists, in which members of the communist andartes were hiding in Vourvoura and fighting in the motains near Vourvoura. In 2011 Vouvoura was merged into the Skiritida municipality.

Population

Year Population
1981 448
1991 462
2001 369
2011 252

Notable people

References

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "Sotirios (Sam) Panopoulos".