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Etoloakarnania is located at the western end of Central Greece and is the largest peripheral unit of the country, as well as sixth in population. Mainly mountainous and with significant vegetation in its entire area, Etoloakarnania has great natural wealth and is characterized by strong contrasts. Its capital is Agrinio which is built in the fertile plain of Panetolikos, and is an important economic, cultural, spiritual and transportation center of the prefecture.
Agrinio participated in the Revolution of 1821 and took its current name in 1835. The majority of the local population was occupied for an important period of time in the tobacco industry, from the last decades of 19th till the end of the 20th century. Big tobacco companies were founded in the city, including the famous Papastratos, alongside Panagopoulos and Papapetrou. Agrinion is also agriculturally known for its production of Agrinion olives.
It is worth seeing the following attractions when you visit the city of Agrinio.
The Papastratio Municipal Park. It is a place of recreation for the residents of Agrinio where it hosts many cultural, theatrical and musical events.
The buildings of great architecture that belong to the period of the "Golden Age of tobacco" (1925-1935).
The Archaeological Museum, It lies next to the Papastrateio Municipal Park and features artifacts dating back to Antiquity and Roman times from the area around Agrinio.
The Folklore Museum, with exhibits from the period 1821-1920.
The forest of Ag. Christoforou, with the church of the patron saint. It is located on a hillside and has panoramic views of the city.
Beyond the city center of Agrinio there are a number of neighborhoods that are worth visiting:
Saint Dimitrios. In the area is the courthouse of the city, the former Railway Station of Agrinio, the Tobacco Warehouses of Papapetrou and the old KTEL.
Saint John of Riganas. This is the district at the southeastern end of the city and it is named after the small church of Agios Ioannis of Riganas located just outside the city.
Saint Constantine. The area is located in the northwest of the city and was formerly an independent municipality. The story of this neighborhood essentially begins after the Asia Minor Catastrophe when a camp was set up there to house refugees from Asia Minor.
Giannouzi is a suburb in the south of the city, with a large concentration of restaurants and secular centers.
Genoa is located on the borders of the new church of Agios Christoforos and is an old historical district of Agrinio.
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