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Kallithea

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Kallithea is the 8th largest municipality in Greece and the 4th biggest in the Athens urban area . Additionally, it is the 2nd most densely populated municipality in Greece, with 21,192 inhabitants / km². The municipality has an area of 4.749 km2. Actual the community reports a number of close to 200.000 inhabitants.LocationThe center of Kallithea lies at a distance of 3km to the south of the Athens city center and 3km to the north-east of the Piraeus . Kallithea extends from the Filopappou and Sikelia hills in the north to Phaleron Bay in the south ; its two other sides consist of Syngrou Avenue to the east, and the Ilisos River to the west .The site on which the city was developed covers the biggest part of the area to the south of Athens, protected in ancient times by the Long Walls to the west and the Phalerum Wall to the east . Somewhere within this area the ancient town of Xypete lay. The town and its citizens are mentioned, among other places, in Plato's Dialogs.1896 and 2004 Athens OlympicsThe plans for the establishment of the new city of Kallithea were officially approved in December 1884. On the longitudinal axis of the town (Thiseos Avenue), the Athens to Phaleron tramway once ran, from the beginning (1850) to (1955) and the end of its operations. Near the center of the town the Shooting Range (Skopeftirion) was built to house events of the first modern Olympic Games, the 1896 Summer Olympics, and these first modern games took place in three venues: the refurbished ancient stadium of Athens (Panathinaiko Stadium) 2km NE of Kallithea, the Neo Phaliron Velodrome (currently Karaiskaki Stadium) 2km SW of Kallithea, and the Kallithea Shooting Range (Skopeftirion).
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