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Population: Unkown
Latitude: 21.582941
Longitude: 40.832504

Source: WikiPedia

Description:
Meliti (Greek: Μελίτη) is a village in the Florina Prefecture, Greece, 15 km northeast of the city of Florina. It is part of the municipality Meliti.

The village was first mentioned in an Ottoman defter of 1481, where it was listed under the name Voštarani and described as having one hundred and ninety-eight households. During the Ottoman period, the village had a mixed Bulgarian and Turkish population. A Bulgarian school stood in the village at the beginning of 20th century.

After the Balkan Wars, Greece annexed the village. In World War I, Bulgaria occupied it, but with Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine it was returned to Greece. After the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), the Turkish population left the village and 182 refugees (40 families) from Pontus and East Thrace were settled there. After Greek Civil War 66 Slavophone families and 12 Pontic families left the village. It is known for its yearly celebration of Prophet Elias day (Ilinden in the local Slavic dialect.)

The name of the village is "Voshterani", "Voštarani" (Воштарани) or "Ovčarani" (Овчарани) in Bulgarian and the local Slavic dialect. In 1926, it was renamed into "Meliti" in Greek. Turks called it Türbeli while it was part of the Ottoman empire.

The city has the remains of a Byzantine Castle and is famous for its 'panigiria' or New Year and its summer Saint Ilias festival on 19-20 July.

Today, the village has a mixed population of Slavophone Greeks and the descendants of Greek refugees from Asia Minor. According to the 2001 census, the population of Meliti was 1,535 people.

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