Mytilene (Greek: Μυτιλήνη; Mitilini in Modern Greek) is a town and a former municipality on the island of Lesbos, North Aegean, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Lesbos, of which it is a municipal unit. It is the capital of the island of Lesbos. Mytilene, whose name is pre-Greek, is built on the southeast edge of the island.
It is also the seat of a metropolitan bishop of the Orthodox church.
The town is located in the southeastern part of the island, north and east of the Bay of Gera. It has a land area of 107.46 square kilometres and a population of 36,196 inhabitants (2001). The next largest towns in the municipal unit are Vareiá (pop. 1,254), Pámfila (1,247), Mória (1,207), and Loutrá (1,118).
Her most famous ancient Greek citizens were the poets Sappho and Alcaeus and the statesman Pittacus (one of the Seven Sages of ancient Greece).
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