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OUR VILLAGE

   The history of Karitsa began almost 250 years ago. According to the residentís testimonies and the existing official records (agreements with the Turks, lease contracts), we know that at that time some families, few at the beginning, settled permanently in this village, coming from Fteri. These first families were Ginaís, Kyrtegoís and Evangelouís. In summer these same families used to return to Fteri with their flocks. These people urged the rest of the residents of Fteri to go down and to settle in the fertile land of Karitsa, at the foot of Olympus, next to the ancient Dion. Again according to residentís testimonies, some families settled in other areas.
  
The village of was a Turkish ciflik at that time. The Turkish commanderís house was situated in the place where now D. Goulantaís house is situated. The commander permitted them to cultivate some pieces of land and of course they were paying a large and unbearable levy (almost the 2/3 of the whole products). The ďKoutsekiaĒ (warehouses where there the taxes were gathered) were in the place where there is a square today. This taxation though brought about indignation to the residents who started thinking of ways to protest. Thus a team of 5 Ė 6 men who weir dressed in womenís clothes visited the commander whom they beat and terrified. At the same time the women and children of the village were stoning the house of the Turkish Aga. This was a clearly revolutionary act and its result was the Turks from the village of Karitsa. So, the place was left to the villagers. In 1918 with the royal decree 152/1918 the commune of Dion was recognized and it was consisted of the communes of Karitsa (780 residents), Malathria and Kalivia of Malathria. Karitsa became a separate commune in 1961 r.d. 35/30-12-61 (1598 residents)
   Nowadays, Karitsa along with Dion, Vrontou, Saint Spiridonas, Kontariotisa and New Efesos compose the unified municipality of Dion which has Kontariotisa as its seat.2400 residents live permanently in Karitsa and itís one of the most developed villages of the prefecture. The residents are wanly engaged in agriculture and less in stockbreeding, commerce and other occupations. In the fields of Karitsa first quality tobacco is produced and it is its main cultivation. There are also produced corn, beetroot, wheat and kiwi fruits. At the same time the residents of Karitsa are active in other fields too (culture, athletics, etc).
   The traditions and the Vlahs customs exist ever these days despite the difficulties of our age.
   Today in Karitsa there is a community office (Tel 53345) and agrarian medical center.
   There is an agrarian association, which numbers almost 400 members.
   There is a two-post Kindergarten with 50 infants and an eight-post Primary school with 150 pupils.
   The patron saint of the village is Saint Dimitrios to whom the central church is dedicated. Every summer, on the 7th of July, there is a big fair in the honor of Saint Kiriaki.
   The sport association has developed many activities too. The football team, AE KARITSA, was the champion in the last yearís championship and this year it takes part in the D-class of the national teams.
 
Someone can get to Karitsa through the provincial road Katerini Ė Dion (12 Km) and through the highway from the crossing of Gritsa (7 Km).

WHAT CAN SOMEONE SEE IN KARITSA

   A beautiful site which every can visit is the area of Saint Vasilios, at the foot of Mt Olympus. The view of the godís mountain from this site is magnificent. The site is suitable for relaxation, recreation and plays.
   Someone can also visit the archeological site of the ancient Dion, even on foot (its only 1 Km away).
   Agia Kori is also worth visiting. The pilgrimage and the site are in the nearby village of Vrontou. The beauty of the place is unique. The Holy water of Agia Kori is situated in the depths of a ravine.
   Lastly one can organize very nice excursions on Olympus.
   There are hotels in the neighboring village of Dion.

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