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VOURVOUROU Greek

Its distance is 120 km from Thessaloniki and 50 km from Polygyro.
It has restaurants, hotels, camping, rooms for rent, telephone, harbor.
Vourvourou is a seasonal settlement and legally belongs to Ag. Nikolao. Its history is known from the 10th century ac. There existed a small monastery, the monastery of Ieromnimon, which was given together with the area to the new monastery, monastery of Xenophondos of Agiou Oros. The area was at that time called “land of Vourvourou.” The land then was mainly covered by oak trees, unlike today’s foliage which is mainly coniferous. The monastery of Xenophondos developed the area during the Byzantine years. Organized the use of the neighboring fishery and used the area mainly to pasture their animals.
In 1615 masters of the area were the people of Ag. Nikolao, they gave the lands ownership to the monastery Simonos Petras of Ag. Oros. Due to the monastery’s internal problems the area was abandoned and at the end of the 18th century masters of the area again became the people of Ag. Nikolao.
During the 19th century the Simopetrites tried to take over the area. They sold the land to the Russian monks of Agio Oros. They transferred there building materials to build their usual large and expensive Russian monasteries. The people of Ag. Nikolao asked for support from the Greek consulate in Thessaloniki which was then under Turkish influence. The consulate provoked a diplomatic episode, with the help of the European diplomats, at the same time the people of Ag. Nikolao attacked the monks, destroyed the building materials, killed the animals used for transportation and assaulted the monks. From that time on the Russians have not shown any interest for the area.
In 1878 during the Russian, Turkish war, the Turks wanted to settle in the area Kirkasious as refugees but couldn’t permanently due to the action taken by the Greek consulate in Thessaloniki.
During the 1960’s decade in the area started developing the settlement for the teaching staff for the university of Thessaloniki. Which today is an ornament for Vourvourou.
In 1974 quick excavations were done around the area where the church of Panagia in Vourvourou is. Ruins were located which we presume belonged to the Byzantine monastery of Ieromnimon and to the monastery Simopetritiko.
INTERESTING PLACES:
The settlement built for the teaching staff of the university of Thessaloniki. It occupies approx. 400 acres, in a pine filled peninsula. The planning of the area is adjusted with respect to the natural development of the peninsula. Most houses have decreased their size so the view will remain beautiful. Most have been built upon traditional Macedonian style. The church and the area around it are successful creations of the architectural professor Mr. Nik Moutsopoulou.