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Ilia

"In the beginning was the sea, and the sea was the world..."

 

- Chika Onyenezi


Ilia

Elis or Ilia (Greek: Ηλεία - Ileía) is one of the peripheral units of Greece. It is part of the periphery of West Greece and it is situated in the western part of the Peloponnese peninsula. Its capital is Pyrgos. The length from north to south is 100 km (60 miles), and from east-to-west is around 55 km (35 miles). The eastern part of the peripheral unit is forested, with mostly pine trees in the south. About 1/3 of Ilia is fertile, the rest is mountainous and not suitable for crops. Swamplands used to cover 1-1.5% of the region, especially in the Samiko area. Here lies the ancient ruins of Elis, Epitalion and Olympia, known for the ancient Olympic Games which started in 776 BC. (Wiki)