Piraeus History & Culture

Greece’s contribution to the formation of western civilization, as we know it today, is known worldwide. The country that taught the world the principles of Democracy and the Classical Ideal needs no further introduction to the visitors it welcomes, to its main port, Piraeus.

Little is known, however, about the port itself, its historical significance and its cultural heritage. Seen as a destination by itself or as a part of a greater whole, a "passage" to the prestigious capital (and quite literally so, since Piraeus actually means "Passage"), the many aspects of the city port’s past are not to be overlooked. The most important of these aspects are explored and concisely presented in this section.

Piraeus History


Under four chronologically structured categories, the reader is guided through the city’s past, from the legends and the misty speculations of the Pre-historic times to the solid historical facts of the mid-twentieth century.   < Read More >

Culture & Subculture


The beauty of Piraeus’s distant and recent past has been immortalized on canvas, in songs and in movies, alike. Ironically enough, though, it’s the city’s darker past that has been depicted with the brightest colours.   < Read More >

Maritime Culture


A section alone is dedicated to what qualifies a city port: the sea. With deep-rooted nautical tradition, for sport or occupation, the aquatic element is inextricably linked with most Piraeus citizens’ every day life.   < Read More >

People of Note


Through time, Piraeus has been the craddle of distinguished artists who glorified not only their hometown, but Greece itself.   < Read More >