Category Archives: Sightseeing

Refugees Residences – a Cluster of Picturesque Houses right above Mikrolimano

In August 1922, the Asia Minor Catastrophe, a deep wound in Greece’s 20th century history, took place and 1,500.000 Greeks living in Asia Minor came to Greece as refugees (Convention Concerning the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1923). Piraeus receives 130,000 refugees and sees its population skyrocketing while the urban landscape will forever change. While the majority of the newcomers settled in the working district of Drapetsona, right in the heart of cosmopolitan … < Read More >

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Ietionia Gate

Ietionia Gate, part of the City Gates along with the City and the Middle Gate, situated on the hill Kastraki, on the southern part of the port of Piraeus, was built in 411 BC and owes its name to Ietionia Coast which, according to various sources had probably been conquered by Ietion, a hero of the land of Attica (700 BC). As the rest of the City Gates, Ietionia Gate is part of the Long Walls, and played a major role in the general fortification project conceived by Themistocles. Built on the rocky hills of Ietionia, this part of the walls was of primary importance, as it protected the city and its ports by … < Read More >

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Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation – A Beacon of Greek Letters and Culture in the Heart of Piraeus

Kaiti Laskaridou, wife of Konstantinos Laskaridis and mother of two sons, Panos and Thanasis, was born and raised in Piraeus. She graduated from the American Women’s College and studied Economics in the Piraeus School of Commerce. In the early 50’s, along with her sisters Nausica Limnaiou and Mina Tornarou, Kaiti Laskaridou led a group of women founding the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) in Neo Faliro, aiming at providing for young immigrant women from Eastern countries during the years after … < Read More >

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SS Hellas Liberty – A Museum Ship in Piraeus

A special class of steam-powered cargo ships constructed during WWII, under the directive to supply the Allied Forces, eventually came to be known as ‘Liberty Ships’. 2.710 such vessels were built in eighteen shipyards in the US and though they were British in conception, several modifications were adopted in order to make the vessels larger, yet cheaper and easier to build. ‘Liberty Ships’ have since become the symbol of the US American wartime industrial output. Approximately 2.400 ‘Liberty Ships’ survived WWII, and more than 800 of them were used as post-war cargo/merchant ships. Of the remaining … < Read More >

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St. Catherine’s Church – a Beautiful Church with an Intriguing Story

Dominating Alexandra’s Square, St. Catherine’s Church stands right in the heart of Pasalimani. An architectural piece of unique beauty, St. Catherine’s church is accompanied by an intriguing and romantic story. In the early 30s, an Italian merchant, Vincenzo Caivano falls in love with a beautiful young woman from Piraeus, Katerina. Vincenzo and Katerina get married and spend their days between Constaninople and Piraeus. Unfortunately, in 1934 and after a long illness, Katerina dies. Vincenzo, inconsolable after his … < Read More >

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Veakio Theater – A Summer Theater in Piraeus

Veakio Theater, situated on the hill of Kastella (area of Prophet Elias), was built during the seven year dictatorship (1967-1974) in Greece and first opened its doors to the public in 1969 (at the time it was called “Skilitsio”, named after the Mayor of Piraeus A. Skilitsis). In 1976, the theater was renamed “Veakio”, in honor of the great Greek actor Emilios Veakis, who was born in Piraeus. Veakio Theater is an open-roof theater constituting an imitation of the ancient Greek theater in terms of shape and form and it can seat up to 2,000 people. Every summer, Veakio Theater hosts important cultural events, such as … < Read More >

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The Municipal Theater of Piraeus – Piraeus’ Pride

The Municipal Theater of Piraeus, situated right in the heart of the city, designated as a preserved historical monument, is the most emblematic building in Piraeus, dominating the busy city center. In 1882 the mayor of Piraeus, Trifon Moutzopoulos, submits to the City Council a project concerning the erection of a theater in Piraeus. An ambitious and costly project, it is meant to endow the city with a landmark of unique architectural and artistic value. Designed by a great Greek architect, Ioannis Lazarimos, and with its construction lasting for 11 years (1884 -1895), the Municipal Theater of Piraeus, … < Read More >

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Hatzikyriakio Childcare Institution

In 1889 Ioannis Xatzikyriakos and his wife Maria, two of the greatest Piraeus’ benefactors, founded Hatzikyriakio Orphanage for Girls, today known as Hatzikyriakio Childcare Institution. Designated as “An Art Monument and Preserved Building” by the Ministry of Culture, Hatzikyriakio Orphanage was built around a large patio and a perimeter arched portico. It is a central plan building with slight projections at its corners. There are 56 arched windows in total, with each of the building’s four façades bearing 14. In the front yard of the building there is a chapel dedicated to St. John, probably … < Read More >

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The “Ziller Neighborhood” – The once-upon-a-time “Neighborhood of Mansions”

The renowned architect Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller was born and raised in Radebeul, a suburb of Dresden, in Germany. During his studies he worked for a period of time in Vienna in the office of the Danish architect, Theophilos Hansen. A few years later, in 1861, Ziller came to Athens as Hansen’s representative and undertook the supervision of the construction of the Academy of Athens. He soon became integrated into Athens society and permanently settled in Greece, eventually getting the Greek citizenship. Ziller, … < Read More >

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The Tower Houses of Piraeus – Two Castle-like Mansions in 21st Century Piraeus

Wandering around fashionable Kastella, one of the most beautiful quarters in Piraeus, the visitor will probably be taken aback by two peculiar, yet impressive buildings, the architectural design of which resembles a castle! Tzivaniotis Residence or, most commonly known to the locals as the “Stone House with the palm tree garden”, constitutes a landmark in Pasalimani (Zea harbor). The stone-built tower house, located on Trifonos Moutzopoulou coastal road, at the intersection of Kaningos and … < Read More >

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