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It is located in the center of the island and the original name of the village was Sharpi.

 

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It is located in the center of the island and the original name of the village was Sharpi. Kallithea is built amphitheatrically on the slope of a low hill, approximately 800 meters from the Gulf of Moudros. The site provides a panoramic view. Due to this position, in 1955 was renamed "Kallithea" since the previous name was considered of Turkish origin. But Sarpi is reported in a census document of the monastery of Megisti Lavra, since 1361. Therefore, the place name can’t have Turkish origin.

Contrariwise, it has ancient origin and it is perhaps one of the few Mycenaean place names which survived in Limnos. Specifically, the word «sa-pi-de: box" is mentioned in Mycenaean inscriptions, from which originated the ancient words "sarpis " and "sharpos : “ark" and therefore, "the wooden house." Formerly the village was built fearther east, in the cove "Agios Georgios", but the residents were forced to relocate due to both the pirate danger and other risks of the swampy soils. In 1868, 'Palaiologiki School of Sharpi ", the first mutual learning school on the island outside the capital, operated in the village. The church of Agios Georgios was built fundamentally In 1868 with "the assistance of the pious people." It is basilica and in the interior the trellises of the women’s gallery are remarkable, also the paintings of Paul Thomas (1870) Efstratios Imvrios and Gregorios Papamalis (1918-1923).

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