Piraeus is a city in Attica and the most important port in Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Europe, as well as the third busiest port in the world, making it the major commercial center of the Greek economy, with ship connections to the Aegean islands. The Municipality of Piraeus is Greece’s third largest municipality and community, located approximately 30 minutes from the center of Athens and 20 minutes from all the Athenian Riviera’s cosmopolitan beaches.
The large cruise ships that transport guests from all over the world land in Piraeus. Piraeus developed into a major international shipping and shipbuilding center due to its size, location, and the Greeks’ age-old bond with the sea.
Beyond the ship’s main port. Kantharos was its old name, and it is now the heart of the city’s life. Except for the Sporades and Crete, all Aegean islands may be reached by ship from here. Parts of the ancient Piraeus Wall have been preserved in the Freatida neighborhood (in the seaside zone).
Zeas Marina (Pasalimani).
Some of the most impressive yachts and cruise ships are anchored in this marina. For the convenience of passengers, the coast is lined with restaurants, taverns, bars, and shops. The Archaeological Museum and the Ancient Theater of Zea are also located there (4th – 3rd century BC).
This harbor was guarded by the Munich goddess Artemis, and it is now a favorite gathering place for people from across Attica. It has a magnificent harbor full of fishing boats, small boats, and luxury yachts, and if you like seafood and fish, you should visit one of its famous taverns.
Piraeus’ elegant and popular area is located on the Prophet Elias hill. If you go to the top of the hill, you will come across alleys lined with lovely buildings. The view over the central port, Zea, and Mikrolimanos from there is spectacular. There is also the outdoor theater “Veakio” in the neighborhood, which organizes important cultural events during the summer.
The municipal theater.
It rises over one of the city’s main squares (Korai square). It was created in the 1880s in a neoclassical design by architect I. Lazarimos is one of the busiest sites in Piraeus and a popular meeting place for locals.
ISAP base station (“Piraeus” metro station).
This magnificent structure (1929) with its arching dome is heavily influenced by the equivalent European stations of the time. The interior equipment has been extensively restored, and the walls now display artwork by School of Fine Arts students
Museum of Archaeology.
It consists mainly of sculptures discovered around Piraeus and along the Attic coast. The exhibitions explain the historic city’s history, glory, and decline. Pay close attention to the five bronze statues discovered in Piraeus in 1959: the Archaic Kouro-Apollo, the two Artemis statues, Athena of Piraeus, and an old tragedy mask (4th century BC).
The Marine Museum.
It is located on the Moutsopoulos Coast, and its displays span over 3,000 years of Greek marine history.
The municipal theater.
The Municipal Theater of Piraeus is a neoclassical structure designed by architect Ioannis Lazarimos and opened on April 9, 1895.
The theater has a seating capacity of 600 people and is located in the heart of Piraeus.
The idea of building such a large theater was considered visionary at the time it was chosen to build it, near the end of the nineteenth century.
By: Sissi Alevromageira, 25/7/2022