Category Archives: History & Culture

Piraeus in Modern History (ΙΙI): 1945 to Today

During the first post-war years, Piraeus started to gradually recover. The port city, as well as the rest of the country, was left licking its wounds from a six-year period of degradation and demoralization, but still, the dawn of a new era was fast approaching; the reconstruction era. The first five years following liberation were devoted to the repair of war damage. In the mid 50s, important projects aimed at developing and modernising the port so that it meets the needs of a constantly increasing traffic in marine transactions, started to get implemented. Up to the 80s, those ambitious projects had undergone a number of … < Read More >

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Piraeus in Modern History (ΙΙ): During WWII

The Nation’s involvement in World War II left its marks on both the city and the port of Piraeus. Especially for the latter, the impact was direct, the war exerting an overly devastating influence over its, till then, steady progress. Poorly equipped and understaffed, already before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Royal Navy was in no position to stand its ground against the consecutive attacks of Luftwaffe Air Force, in April 1941 and more than half of that feeble fleet was destroyed. In contrast to the Royal Navy and despite the adversities – repercussions of WWI and global economic crisis … < Read More >

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Thymios Karakatsanis – a Great Aristophanian Actor & Theatre Director

A Greek actor and one of the greatest theatre directors, Thymios Karakatsanis is an artist whose name became synonymous with the Aristophanian comedies he so loved and worked on, with passion and respect, throughout his entire acting career. He was a man with an intense personality, poignant and brilliant, above all else. Fierce opponent of the television and the false values it promotes, he gave criticism as often as he received it and his witty comments about life in modern Greece never failed to provoke strong … < Read More >

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Eleftheria Arvanitaki – A Unique Folk/Ethnic Singer of International Recognition

Eleftheria Arvanitaki is one of the best folk singers in Greece, a fact proved by her ever-rising popularity, as well as her 30-year and ongoing illustrious career, both here and abroad. Her work incorporates elements of traditional, folk and pop Greek music, while the unique crystal-like clarity of her voice makes her a hugely popular figure in the Greek music scene. Born and raised in Piraeus, on October 16, 1957, Arvanitaki first rose to fame as part of the rebetico and folk music band, “Opisthodromiki Kompania” (“Retrograde Company”) … < Read More >

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Piraeus Ichthyoscala – Fish Landing & Marketing Facilities

A compound word consisting of the Greek words “ichthys”, meaning fish and “skala”, meaning stairs, but also scales and port, the term “ichthyoscala” designates fish landing and marketing facilities, usually located near ports. Among the 11 facilities of the kind operating in Greece today, Piraeus Ichthyoscala, located in the Port of Hercules, on Saint George Bay, in Keratsini since 1966, deals with the 50% of the total amount of the fish produce supplied to the Greek market. With its facilities covering more than 5,500 sq m over a total surface of 17,652 sq m, on its premises Piraeus Icthyoscala comprises … < Read More >

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Perama Ship Repair Zone

The first shipyards were opened in Perama in 1928. The main ship repair zones owned by OLP (Piraeus Port Authority) are: Perama (maximum draft 8-9 metres), offering two piers, one dock for berthing astern and two floating docks with lift capacity of 15,000 and 4,000 tons, and capacity for ships of approximately 40,000 and 12,000 gt respectively. The floating dock dimensions are 200 x 30 metres and 110 x 19 metres. Two dry docks with lengths of 150 metres and 100 metres in the Central Port (Vassiliadis area). Additionally there are separate berthing docks within the Repair Zone, including … < Read More >

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George Dalaras – A Great Greek Singer

One of the greatest, most popular and successful Greek singers, Yorgos Dalaras, was born in Piraeus in 1949. Son of Loukas Daralas who was a rebetiko singer –Yorgos changed his last name when he became a singer- he was raised in a really poor family. At the age of fifteen he recorded his first song – it was an amateur recording of him singing accompanied by his father. By the age of seventeen he had already chosen the career of a singer. He worked with some of the most distinguished Greek composers, Manos Hatzidakis, Mikis Theodorakis Manos Loizos, … < Read More >

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Marios Ploritis – A Master of Theater and Journalism from Piraeus

An author, a critic, a journalist and a director, Marios Ploritis was born in 1919 in Piraeus. Holding a degree in Law and Political Science (University of Athens), he went on to follow theater studies in Great Britain, France and the United States. Within the years 1945 – 1965 Marios Ploritis worked as a theater and cinema critic in the newspaper “Eleftherotypia”, while he was one of the co-founders of Karolos Koun “Art Theater” (“Theatro Technis”), a turning point and eventually a legend in the course of Greek theater. During the seven – year dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974), Marios Ploritis … < Read More >

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Giorgos Kimoulis – One of the Most Eminent Contemporary Greek Actors & Directors

Born in Piraeus in 1956, Giorgos Kimoulis is definitely one of the most talented and well respected artists in Greece. An actor, a director and a translator, he has always been one of both the critics’ and the audience’s favorites. Graduating from “Veakis Drama School” in 1977, Giorgos Kimoulis starts a successful career in acting, with appearances in the theater, cinema and television. In 1983, Aliki Vougiouklaki is about to put on Alexander Doumas’ “The Lady with the Camellias”, directed by Mauro Bolognini and she holds an audition for … < Read More >

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Dimitris Papamichail – a Great Greek Actor from Piraeus

Probably no other actor could be identified with his hometown as much as Dimitris Papamichail is with Piraeus. Because being from Piraeus isn’t just a detail in a man’s résumé, it’s a whole combination of traits that come to mind: outspoken and straightforward, a man of honor who would never go back on his word, defending his dignity and pride. Born in Piraeus, in the neighborhood of Hatzikyriakio in 1934, Dimitris Papamichail was raised this way. And it is this very aspect of his personality that emerges in many of the movie parts he interpreted during his successful career. Dimitris Papamichail studied acting … < Read More >

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