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Mesolongion

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Missolonghi is a municipality of 34,416 people in western Greece. The town is the capital of Aetolia-Acarnania regional unit, and the seat of the municipality of Iera Polis Messolongiou . Missolonghi is known as the site of a dramatic siege during the Greek War of Independence, and of the death of poet Lord Byron.GeographyThe town is located between the Acheloos and the Evinos rivers and has a port on the Gulf of Patras. It trades in fish, wine, and tobacco. The Arakynthos mountains lie to the northeast. The town is almost canalized but houses are within the gulf and the swamplands. The Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons complex lies to the west. In the ancient times, the land was part of the gulf.TransportThe Greek National Road 5/E55 (Ioannina - Patras) passes north of Missolonghi. The town had a railway station on the line to Agrinio but this has been abandoned since the 1970s.The local airport has a hard runway but no scheduled services.AdministrationThe municipality Missolonghi was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units: AitolikoMissolonghiOiniades The municipal unit Missolonghi is subdivided into 8 communities: Agios Georgios Agios Thomas Ano Koudouni Ellinika Evinochori Missolonghi Mousoura Retsina The municipality has an area of 680.372 km2, the municipal unit 280.168 km2.
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