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Loutropoli Thermis

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.
Loutropoli Thermis is a municipality located on the east coast of the island of Lesbos, in the Lesbos Prefecture, Greece. According to the 2001 census, population was 3,809. Thermis is the seat of the municipality that comprises Thermi, Pigi, Komi, Mistegna and Nees Kydonies.
The region of Thermi has a history going back five thousand years. The region takes its name from the thermal springs located there for centuries. Archaeological finds indicate that during antiquity, the goddess Artemis was worshipped as protector of the curative springs.
After archaeological excavations in the past years next to the beach, the layers and traces of five cities built one over the other were revealed, the oldest of which dates back to the middle of the third millennium. The magnificence and the radiance of the religious and therapeutic centre of Thermi is also testified by numerous archaeological finds, including the foundations of buildings and inscriptions. Some of these relics are exhibited at the outdoor archaeological site of Horafa.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the region of Thermi was popular for its luxurious hotel, Sarlitza Palace, which was built on the plans of French architects. For about thirty years, it received great recognition, attracting visitors and celebrities from all over the world. Today it is in decline and only the hot baths are operational.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Loutropoli Thermis is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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