Kaválla or Cavala both: kävä´lä [key], city (1991 pop. 58,025), capital of Kaválla prefecture, NE Greece, in Macedonia; a port on the Gulf of Kaválla, an inlet of the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by a rich tobacco-growing hinterland, it is a leading Greek city for processing and exporting tobacco. Fish and manganese are also shipped, and flour is manufactured. Known as Neapolis in ancient times, the city was the landing place of St. Paul on his way to Philippi, the ancient site of which is nearby. Kaválla was held by the Ottoman Turks from 1387 to 1913, when it passed to Greece.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Greek Political Geography