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Piraeus, Port City

Athens ● Attica ● Piraeus ● 13 July 2016
 

Piraeus, port city

Piraeus is located in the western region of Attica, almost 5 klm from the center of Athens. A big part of the Athenian industry is located in Piraeus. The port is a busy traversal, for goods and also for passengers. Ships with destination the Greek islands leave from the harbor which is connected with Kastela via the metro line.

The region where Piraeus is located has been inhabited since 2600 B.C. The city was firstly planned by the architect Ippodamus, and was built during the 5th cent. B.C. The defensive wall was built around the port during the period of 493-79 B.C. Later, Pericles finished the fortification, with the construction of the so called "Big wall" which protected both sides of the road between Athens and Piraeus.

The area met its decay in 395 B.C. and it was restored in the beginning of the 19th cent. But the final restoration begun in 1829 and in 1834 the port had been reconstructed, based on the initial plans. During the second world war the port was severely damaged due to German bombardment. Fortunately the beautiful neoclassical buildings remained intact, they are distinguished due to their imposing elegance. Piraeus, port city

One of the most important restored building is the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus , a constriction of 1884, which Ioannis Lazarimou designed. A true architectural jewel. Ernst Ziller's Hall (Bavarian architect) a construction of 1876 which is located in Alexandras square, is another architectural masterpiece. Also the Xatzikiriakio Orphanage, of 1883, the old Postoffice, the building of the Train station, the summer house of Metaxa (distiller), the building of the French Institution and many other beautiful building in Kastela area, in Profiti Ilia decorate with their presence the neighborhoods of Piraeus.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Anita Hotel
Anita Hotel
25, Notara str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Anita Hotel is located in the heart of Piraeus, just a 10-minute walk from Piraeus Port and Piraeus Metro station. The nearest beach is approximately a 15-minute walk away. #

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Acropole
Hotel Acropole
7, Gounari str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Acropole is located in the centre of Piraeus, just opposite the port. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach your ferry and the electric railway/metro station Piraeus. The centre of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes with the train/metro. Athens International Airport is at 45 km. A bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is at 150 m.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Galini Hotel
Galini Hotel
28, Filippou Str., 18533 Piraeus, Greece

Galini Hotel is located in Kastella, Piraeus, approximately a 5-minute walk from Faliro metro station. Piraeus Port is 2 km away.


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