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Kastoria (Greek: Καστοριά, Kastoriá,is a city in northern Greece in the periphery of West Macedonia. It is the capital of Kastoria Prefecture, located at [show location on an interactive map] 40°31′00″N 21°16′00″E / 40.516667, 21.266667. The town's population is estimated as some 20,660 people (1991 census). It is situated on a promontory on the western shore of Lake Orestiada, in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains.


There are multiple theories regarding the name Kastoria.Perhaps the most dominant of these is that the name derives from the Greek word κάστορας (kástoras, meaning "beaver"). Trade in the animal's fur, sourced from nearby Lake Orestiada, has traditionally been an important element of the city's economy. Other theories propose that the name derives from the Greek word κάστρο (kástro, meaning "castle" from the Latin word castrum) or from the mythical hero Κάστωρ (Kástōr), who may have been honoured in the area. From Greek, the name was borrowed into Turkish as Kesriye. The local Slavic name of the city is Kostur (Cyrillic: Костур).

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