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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Alexandroupoli is a city of Greece and the capital of the Evros Prefecture in Thrace. Alexandroupoli is about 14.5 kilometres west of the mouth of the river Maritsa and the border with Turkey, 300 kilometres from Thessaloniki with the new Egnatia highway, and 750 kilometres from Athens. At the 1991 census, the main city had a population of 36,994, and the municipality had a population of 38,220. Current metropolitan population estimated at about 70,000 inhabitants.

Alexandroupoli has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, banks, a post office, beaches, a sporting centre, a train station and squares. The medical school and the department of educational studies of the Democritus University of Thrace are situated there too.
The city's history only goes back to the 19th century. Long used as a landing ground for fishermen from the coast of Samothrace opposite, the location was known as Dedeagatch. The name was based on a local tradition of a wise dervish having spent much of his time in the shade of a local tree and being eventually buried beside it.
A small settlement developed in the area during the construction of a railway line connecting Constantinople to the major cities of Macedonia. The work was part of an effort to modernise the Ottoman Empire, and was assigned to engineers from Austria-Hungary. The settlement soon grew into a fishing village, which also used the name Dedeagatch.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Alexandroupoli enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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