Marousi alternative forms: Maroussi, Amarousion, and Amaroussion, is a suburban city NE of Athens
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, Greece
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. The Athens Olympic Sports Complex
Athens Olympic Sports Complex
The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens "Spiros Louis" or OACA , is a sport facilities complex located at Marousi, northeast Athens, Greece...

, the largest sports complex in Greece, is also located here; its main street is Kifisias Avenue, and also contains four ISAP train stations and two of the Suburban Railway. The region is birthplace of the nationally known Greek actress Aliki Vougiouklaki
Aliki Vougiouklaki
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, and ANT1
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 television station and studios are also located in this community, as are the main offices of the Greek subsidiaries of several multinational corporations from Kodak, Bayer
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, Kimberly-Clark
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, Siemens
Siemens AG
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, Microsoft
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 to Nestlé
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. Amarousion dates back to the era of the ancient Athenian Republic; it ancient name was Athmonon, and it represented one of the 10 Athenian sub-cities. The area held a main ancient temple
A temple is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice, or analogous rites. A templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur. It has the same root as the word "template," a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out...

, where Amarysia Artemis
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, the goddess of hunting, was adored, and the city's modern name derives from that of the goddess, Amarysia, which denotes the origin of the worship back in Amarynthos
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, Euboea
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. Within Maroussi lies the biggest forest in urban Athens, "Dassos Syngrou", and the rest of the area is residential, with commercial buildings to be found mainly on Kifissias Avenue.

Historical population

Year Population
1981 48,151
1991 64,092
2001 69,470

Modern Maroussi

Maroussi, a quiet northern suburb of Athens, was strictly a family housing area until the 1980s. During the 1990s and due to the development of excellent transportation substructure, (namely the Attiki Odos
Attiki Odos
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, Athens Metro
Athens Metro
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, Urban Rail), the availability of land, and a public authority friendly to businesses it has been transformed into what is now known as the Financial District of Athens. At the turn of the new century the area now houses increasing areas of modern low-rise office buildings serving the Greek corporate elite, as well as many a number of facilities and infrastructural developments. The city remains a highly regarded domestic suburb
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 in all areas, apart from the commercial Kifissias avenue.
It offers a colourful range of activity to residents and visitors and a very comprehensive and modern variety of facilities, cafes, restaurants, multiplexes, sporting venues, shopping areas
The Mall Athens
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, as well as a number of prestigious public (Peiramatiko Lyceum Anavryton) and private educational institutions. Maroussi also has a longstanding and strong athletic tradition, traceable to the first modern Olympics of 1896, and home to one of the dominant basketball teams in the Greek League
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 (Maroussi BC
Maroussi BC
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), holder of the European Saporta Cup
Saporta Cup
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 trophy in 2001. In 2004, Maroussi was considered co-organizer of the Olympic Games Municipality together with Metropolitan Athens, because the majority of the facilities and venues were located in the "Kalogreza region", and other areas of Maroussi, mainly at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex
Athens Olympic Sports Complex
The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens "Spiros Louis" or OACA , is a sport facilities complex located at Marousi, northeast Athens, Greece...



Marousi is road serviced by OASA (blue colour) buses and also runs its own small bus shuttle network (red colour).
As for rail, Maroussi is serviced by ISAP
I.S.A.P. is the acronym for the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways , the oldest urban rapid transit system of Athens metropolitan area in Greece. It is the second-oldest underground metro system in the world, after the Metropolitan Railway, of 1863, now a part of the London Underground...

 (green colour, line 1) with 4 train stations, KAT, Maroussi, Neratziotissa, Eirinis, and by Proastiakos
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 (yellow color, suburban light railway) with 2 train stations, Neratziotissa and Kifissias.
The "Maroussi" and "Eirinis" ISAP stations are elevated above the ground.
The OASA buses and the ISAP line are both accessible with the same 1.00 EUR ticket as of April 2009, whilst the local red buses network is entirely free to anyone, and as such offers limited zero-fare transport.

If the Line 4 (orange colour) of the Attiko Metro is built, Marousi will also be serviced by underground rapid transit.

Twin cities

Marousi is twinned with the following cities: Faenza
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, Italy
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, Serbia
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 Lakatamia, Cyprus
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Notable people

  • Spiridon Louis
    Spiridon Louis
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     (1873–1940), a Greek
    The Greeks, also known as the Hellenes , are a nation and ethnic group native to Greece, Cyprus and neighboring regions. They also form a significant diaspora, with Greek communities established around the world....

     shepherd who won the first modern-day Marathon
    Marathon, Greece
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     at the 1896 Summer Olympics
    1896 Summer Olympics
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    , thereby becoming a national hero
  • Prince Michael of Greece
    Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
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     (1938–), also known as Michel de Grece, son of Prince Christopher of Greece and grandson of King George I of the Hellenes. Prince Michael lived in Maroussi from his marriage to Marina Karella in 1965, since late 70's.
  • Aimilia Tsoulfa, Golden Medalist in Sailing, Athens Olympic Games 2004
  • Aliki Vougiouklaki
    Aliki Vougiouklaki
    Aliki Vougiouklaki was a Greek actress. She is considered as one of the most popular and successful actresses of Greek cinema.-Biography:...

     (1934–1996), movie star and singer who appeared in 42 movies, mostly musicals
  • Vicky Kaya
    Vicky Kaya
    Vicky Kaya born July 4, 1978, is a Greek model, television presenter and occasional actress who has appeared on the covers of numerous international fashion magazines such as Vogue, Esquire, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, and Elle.She is currently hosting the Greek equivalent of America's Next Top...

     (1978-), fashion model and actress
  • Labis Livieratos
    Labis Livieratos
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    , singer

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