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Built on a lush plateau, the border town of Florina is split in two
by the picturesque Sakoulevas river. It has been inhabited continuously since
prehistoric times, as archaeological finds show, though its present name is perhaps
related to the Byzantine settlement, Chloro.
Throughout the Ottoman occupation a large number of Muslims lived
in the town, but by the early 18th century the Greek element had begun to increase
and develop, thanks to trade and crafts, principally that of the silversmith.
The linking of Florina by rail with Thessaloniki
and Monastir in 1894 gave a new boost to the town's economy; Florina evolved into
an urban center with an active cultural and educational life, helped by the remittances
of prosperous emigrants.
the activity of its guerrilla bands was on the increase, while its strategic location
made it a key center in the Macedonian
Struggle and a base for Greek operations in the Balkan Wars (1912-1913).
A major factor in the development of the contemporary town was the
settlement of many residents from Monastir (now Bitola) after 1912, who made a
great contribution to the intellectual and cultural renewal of the district.
By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.
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