KomotiniGreek: Κομοτηνή) is a city in Western Thrace.
HistoryThe first written mention of the town dates back to the 14th century. At that time, Komotini was a small and insignificant settlement founded by the Byzantines to protect the Via Egnatia and the plains before the frequent raids of Slavs coming from the north. In 1361 the settlement fell to the Ottoman Turks. From the 14th century, Komotini (then called Komoutzina) took the form of a city when people from the nearby Byzantine city of Mosynoupolis (destroyed by the Bulgarian ruler Kaloioannis in 1206) settled here, as well as a large number of Ottoman from Asia Minor. As there was no longer enough room for Christians and Muslims in the old Byzantine fortress, new quarters were gradually built: Christian and Muslim quarters, the Gypsy quarter and the Jewish quarter within the walls of the city. With the end of the First World War Komotini became Greek. As a result, the Bulgarian population was expelled. About half of the inhabitants of Komotini are ethnic Turks and Pomaks of Greek nationality. They were excluded from the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923, as agreed in the Treaty of Lausanne.
- Komotini is located on the railway line Thessaloniki - Alexandropolis. The is located about 1 km southeast of the city center
The major monuments in the city are:
New Mosquebuilt 1600-1618.
Clock towerbuilt in 1884 by the order of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.
Old Mosquebuilt 1608/9 or 1677/78.
Orthodox churchbuilt in 1800 inside the Byzantine fortress of Komotini.
Ruins of the Byzantine fortressdating from the 4th century AD.
Imaret of Komotinione of the oldest Ottoman monuments in Thrace from 1360-1380.
Archaeological museum of Komotini
Folk museumaddress: 13, "Aghiou Georgiou" St
Byzantine museum of Komotini
Carathéodory's museumdedicated to Constantin Carathéodory
Thracian, Ethnological, Historical and Cultural museum
The suburban forest of Nymphaeanorth of Komotini. Beautiful forest landscape with walking paths and a restaurant with wonderful views. A few meters above you will find the ruins of the Fortress of Nymphea
MosynopolisRuins of a byzantine city of Maximnounopolis or Mosynopolis is an archaeological site located 7 kilometers west of Komotini, south of the village of Miskos. In the area there was the ancient city of Paxoula. Then was founded Maximianoupolis, which later became the name of Mosynopolis (also referred to as Mosynopolis). In the archaeological site, the ruins of a 11th-13th century temple, part of the walls, a tomb of Maximianopolis, as well as early-Christian tombs of the Mosynopolis, have been excavated. Findings from archaeological excavations are kept at the Archaeological Museum of Komotini.
Sultan Tepeaddress: 10, "Vasileos Paulou" StTurkish cuisine
address: 33, Orfeus strOriental cuisine
Farma Kreatonphone: +30 253 102 0000address: Adrianoupoleos St.Steak house
Ta Pyrofaniaphone: +30 6970746460address: 10 "Kyriakidi Stilpnos" StFish taverna
phone: +30 2531 033512address: 6th km of Komotini- Iasmou RdRenowned restaurant. Live music
Nedim Patisseriephone: +30 25310 22036address: Kriton 15-17, OrfeosSpecial cookies and Eastern Mediterranean sweets.
phone: +30 25310 22055, +30 6936 124500 (Mobile)address: 31, Dimokritou StrA 1 star hotel built in 1995 and renovated in 2008. Noisy location.
phone: +30 25310 22044, +30 25310 23396address: 8, "G. Vizyinou" SquareA 2-star hotel built in 1967 and renovated in 2011.
phone: +30 25310 37690address: 37, Orpheos StrA 2-star hotel built in 1932 and renovated in 2012.
phone: +30 25310 73250address: 6, "Leontos Sofou" StrA 3-star hotel built in 2001.
phone: +30 25310 37180, +30 6977-394766 (mobile)address: 1, Parassiou StrA 3-star hotel built in 1976 and entirely renovated in 2010.
phone: +30 25310 35988address: 3, "Ethnarchou Makariou" StrA 3-star hotel built in 1988 and renovated in 2010.
phone: +30 25310 89100A 4-star hotel built in 2003 and renovated in 2008
phone: +30 25310 33560address: 3rd km of Komotini - Alexandroupoli Old National RoadA 4-star hotel
phone: +30 25310 83880, +30 25310 22323address: 4th km of Komotini - Xanthi Old National RoadA 4-star hotel
phone: +30 25310 35054, +30 25310 22707address: 28, Irinis SquareA 4-star hotel
phone: +30 25310 36242address: 53, Anchialou StA 3-star hotel built in 1985 and renovated in 2010