Photographer's Note

Descending to Megalopolis late in afternoon, i saw this spectacular sight with the sun to be just be hidden behind the Mts.
The smoking chimneys under the sun and on the left, belong to Public Power Corporation of Greece,creating electricity.


Megalópoli (Μεγαλόπολη) is a town in the western part of the prefecture of Arcadia. It is located in the same site as ancient Megalopolis (Ancient Greek: Μεγαλόπολις). "Megalopolis" is a Greek word for Great city. When it was founded, in 371 BC, it was the first urbanization in rustic and primitive Arcadia. In ancient times, the town grew very large. Its theater, known to have a capacity for 20,000 people was one of the largest known. In Byzantine and Ottoman times the city was known as Sinanou (Σινάνο) until the 19th century.

In the mid-1960s, the Public Power Corporation of Greece (PPC S.A.) (DEI) and the government started construction on a power plant which took several years to complete in order to increase power consumption throughout Greece. The power plant is approximately 8 km NW of downtown. It was first opened in 1969. The area is about 0.2 to 0.3 km² (0.08 - 0.12 square miles). It provides electric power to southern Greece. A lignite mining area is situated around the plant. The power lines are near the plant. It is connected with GR-76 (Krestena – Andritsaina – Megalopoli). Part of the population are employees of this plant.

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