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ⓘ Smila, Greece




Smila, Greece
                                     

ⓘ Smila, Greece

Smila is a village in the municipality of Olympia, Elis, Greece. It is situated in the plains north of the river Alfeios, 1 km north of Strefi, 3 km west of Pelopio, 7 km northwest of Olympia and 10 km east of Pyrgos. In 2011 its population was 341 for the village and 390 for the municipal district, which includes the small village Karoutes.

The myth says that the village was called dare, because Praxiteles, the artist who made the famous statue of Hermes, the lost Greek chisel: σμίλη here. Many ancient artifacts were found in this village, especially in the Northern part. They are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Many of the traditions of winemaking were established in Smila over the past few years, and several famous cheese was born in Smila, some of which has found widespread occupation of ship cooks. In bold suffered from the 2007 Greek forest fires.