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Soufli

Soufli is a town built amphiteatrically in Evros valley. It is the unique “silk town” of Greece, also famous for its wine, tsipouro and delicatessen as well as for its rich tradition and cultural heritage. Throughout the town you will find the silk production units, known as “koukoulospita" (cocoon houses), where the silkworms are bred. Soufli has been inhabited since the Alexandrian period as indicate the discovered Hellenistic tombs. Since the 19th century it was the administrative center of a rich and highly-populated area which extended over the two sides of Evros river. Soufli experienced major development in late 19th century with the construction of a railway line and station (1872). At the same time, the discovery of a method to fight against the diseases of cocoons by Pasteur contributed to the fast development of sericulture. The second most important industry in Soufli was viniculture. Wine production in Soufli during the 19th century was just under 2.000.000 L! Soufli was also recognized as an important craft center, carts being the most important. The city's cart-wrights provided the whole region of Thrace with ox-carts, famous for their resistance and exceptional quality. After 1922 the local market declined and the trading and craft activities were limited, while the local economy was mostly based on sericulture, which is not as profitable today due to the production of artificial silk. It is located 67 km NE of Alexandroupoli.

Sightseeing

  •  The Kourtides manor (19th century) housing the remarkable Silk Museum. The museum presents the history of silk over time beginning from China where it was accidentally discovered in 3,000 B.C. until the present days, the stages of silkworm and cocoon breeding, the history of prosperity and decline of sericulture in Soufli.
  •  The village of Mega Dereio (49 km W) and the ruins of a Byzantine castle.

Useful Phone Numbers

  •  Health Center: 25540-23.223
  •  Silk Museum: 25540 – 23.700
  •  Intercity Bus Service: 25540-22.291
  •  Police: 25540-22.100
  • Taxi: 25540-22.888

 

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