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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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Metaxas Mansion – An Architectural Jewel and its Famous Residents

Strolling around the city’s commercial centre, at the junction of Gregoriou Lambraki (Gregory Lambrakis) and Vasileos Georgiou (King George) Streets, your eye will definitely get caught by a stunning, two-storey mansion as well as a picturesque little café operating in the adjacent courtyard. A sublime example of neoclassical architecture, this beautiful building demonstrates the elegance of the past against the modern austere architectural style while at the same time its rich aesthetics coexists with its fully geometrical surroundings in a … < Read More >

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St. Nikolaοs Church – Dedicated to the Patron Saint of Seamen

St. Nikolaοs church, dominating the Southeastern part of Piraeus Port, was built in the late 19th century, being the third St. Nikolaos church erected on the same plot after the two previous (the first one built in 1844 and the second in 1852) had proved to be not big enough to cater for the needs of St. Nikolaos parish. St. Nikolaos church, designed by the architect I. Lazarimos in collaboration with P. Zizilas, was completed in 1902. It is a cross-in square four – columned church with a dome following the principles of neoclassicism, its special features being the majestic three-column portico on the Western and … < Read More >

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Hippodameian Town and Street Planning – A Model of Ancient Urban Planning

Almost every archaeologist around the world knows that the urban planning of ancient Piraeus is exclusively attributed to the distinguished architect and pioneer engineer Hippodamus of Miletus. What is also known is that of the city’s magnificent urban planning, almost nothing is preserved nowadays. That is, until recently: a few years ago, during excavations in an attempt to construct a building to house a legendary Greek lyceum, “Ralleios School for Girls”, which, due to a series of unfortunate events remains … < Read More >

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A 5th Century BC Residence Preserved in the Foundations of a Modern Building

On a summer day, not long ago, on my way to the city centre, I decided to take some convenient shortcuts. Walking hastily on the pavement I passed by all kind of stores, houses and people until I suddenly stopped dead in my tracks, absolutely certain I had just seen something it shouldn’t be there. Naturally, I turned around to take a closer look. I stood before a modern multi-storey building, at number 84 – 86 Ipsilantou Street. There was a fresh-painted, clean entrance with a close-circuit TV next to it; nothing out of place so far. Next to the house … < Read More >

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The Hippodameian Cistern – An Ancient Treasure Hidden in a Modern Building

The Hippodameian Cistern (a tank to collect rainwater), found in the basement of the building housing the Christian Youth Oraganization in Piraeus, is a unique example of the exquisite Hippodameian Water Supply Network. The size of the Hippodameian Cistern, dated in the 5th century BC, is impressive: it is 10,20 meters high (distance between the top of the cistern and its lowest part at the bottom), while the diameter of its base is 9 meters. The Hippodameian Cistern was a structure including three wells, but only one … < Read More >

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The Roman Residential Block – An Archaeological Park in the City Center

The Roman Residential Block is an archaeological park covering an area of about 1800 sq.m. surrounded by four streets: Iroon Politechniou, Philellinon, Leosthenous and Skouze, just a few meters away from Piraeus Municipal Theater, in one of the busiest and most lively places of the city. Excavations in 1981 for the erection of Piraeus Courthouse brought to light a whole city block with debris from homes and shops of the Roman era, the construction of which is dated roughly in the 2nd century AD. The excavation reaching the … < Read More >

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