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Prefecture: Pella (capital)
Province Edessa

40.7975/40°47'55" N lat.
22.046/22°2'44" E long
Population: (2001)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank



about 200 m
320 m(centre)
southern part
Number of communities: -
Postal code: 582 00
Area/distance code: 11-30-23810 (030-23810)-2
Municipal code: 4104
Car designation: EE
3-letter abbreviation: EDE Edessa
Name of inhabitants: Edessan sing.
-s pl.
Address of administration: 1 Egon Square
Edessa 582 00
Website: www.edessacity.gr

Edessa (Greek: Έδεσσα) is an ancient town of 25,000 inhabitants in northern Greece, the capital of the Pella prefecture of Macedonia and is also the provincial capital of the province of the same name. The name Edessa was ascribed an Illyrian origin by U. Wilcken, in his biography of Alexander the Great (noted by Walter Bauer 1934; 1971; ch. 1), the "town of the waters", due to its copious water resources and its tourist attraction of the waterfalls, located in the actual town center. It is similarly known as Vodena (Slavic: Voda, "water"). The Ancient Macedonian name Edessa was commemorated by Seleucus I Nicator in refounding an ancient city in northern Mesopotamia.

Edessa is also the home of the Marketing and Administration Department of the University of Macedonia.




Edessa has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, banks, a train station (Florina - Edessa - Veria), a sports centre, a post office, and squares (plateies) including Egon Square. The local football club is Edessaikos FC which participated in the Greek Football A Division in the 1980s.

Historical population

Year Population Change Municipal population Change
1981 16,642 - - -
1991 17,128 428/2.57% 25,051 -
2003 - - - -


External links

See also


  • Walter Bauer, Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity, 1934, (in English 1971) (On-line text)