|Municipality of Kyprinos|
|Number of municipal districts:||3 (see below)|
41.572 (41° 34' 24") N 26.227 (26° 13' 40") E
| Population: (2001)|
-Percent of the municipality
-Percent of the prefecture
6,656 (-163 or -1,320%
|Postal code:||GR-680 06|
|Car designation (as of 2006):|| |
Kyprinos or Kiprinos (Κυπρίνος) is a town and a municipality in the Evros Prefecture, Greece. Its 2001 population was 1,157 for the village and now the municipal district and 2,915 for the municipality. Kyprinos is located southwest of Edirne, Turkey, west-northwest of Orestiada, north of Alexandroupoli and about 5 to 6 km east of Kurdzhali and the Bulgarian frontier. Athens is approximately 1,050 km to the northeast. Komara is on the other side of the bank.
The Turkish name of Kyprinos was at first "Simavna", after "Sarihadir". Kyprinos was once called "Sarihadir" what means "yellow Hadir". Hadir is Hidir who was an Islamic religious figure. His holiday was celebrated at the same day the Greek Christian Saint St. George's holiday was celebrated (April, 23rd). St. George was and still is the guardian Saint of the village Kyprinos and also its church' name-giver. So the Turkish just interpreted Kyprinos as the village with the yellow church -which indeed was made out of yellow stones- meaning St.George, whom they considered to be something like the religious person whom they knew as Hadir. The church is still there down in the valley and can be visited at any time. When the great flood of the 1920s destroyed every house of the village which at that time was also located in the valley not a single building resisted its power except for that church. The Greek name "Kyprinos" means "carp". It is not clear whether that name was given to the village because of the carps found in the nearby Ardas river or for some other reasons.
Several villages belong to the municipality of Kyprinos. From the district of Kyprinos there are Kyprinos and Galini which is now abandoned, from the district of Fylakio there are Fylakio, Keramos and Ammovouno, then there is the district of Zoni with Zoni, Chelidona and Mikri Doxipara.
|Year||Municipal population||Change||Percent of the municipality ! Change||Percent of the prefecture|
|1991||1,320||-106 or -31.46%||3.478||-||-||-|
|2001||1,157||-163 or -13.65%||2,195||-1,283 or -36.89%||39.69%||2.66%|
Its logo contains a beautiful blue sky with its setting sun with a forested mountain and hills and foothills. In the middle is the Arda River written in the Greek alphabet, also a swan and two fishes are in the water which is mainly its reservoir. Its rim si coloured yellow and reflects the colour gold. Its Greek form of the municipality is at the bottom along with the Delta-Kappa letter and the founding year. The Greek word for welcome (Kalos Irthate) is at the bottom as well.
The villages of and around Kyprinos are assumed to have been there for many centuries and what can certainly be said is that in the documents of the late 18th century found in different archives, both Greek and Turkish, Kyprinos itself and most of the nearby villages are already mentioned. Even though it is not clear when the first ones were founded since historical sources are rare and barely explicit.
However there is evidence that in the Ancient world there already were settlements in that area. Excavations near the village of Mikri Doxipara - Zoni have brought interesting pieces of ancient Thracian culture (Thrace) into the light. The Tombs found in that place (8 km from Kyprinos, between Zoni and Mikri Doxipara) are estimated to be from the 1st or 2nd century AD.
The river of Ardas or Arda, after a distance of 216 km from its original source in the mountains of Rhodope enters the Kyprinos territory near the border to Bulgaria close to the village of Galini and reaches from there to the river Evros, a.k. a. Maritsa, streaming along Kyprinos and Filakio. The Ardas river composes an important ecosystem for that area and its forest which is growing corresponding to its river bed. It is a biotope of crucial importance on a regional as well as on a national level.
There is a reservoir dam, the Kyprinos Dam, built in 1969 approximately 8 km from Kiprinos of 350 meters breadth providing resident farmers with water.
|North: Trigono||Northeast: Vyssa|
|South: Metaxades||Southeast: Orestiada|
Owner/Developer Kent Swig spoke to a full-house at Hudson Land Company's Networking Seminar organized by Anthony Kazazis.(AROUND THE TOWN)
Feb 11, 2009; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Caption: Owner/Developer Kent Swig spoke to a full-house at Hudson Land Company's Networking Seminar...