Tag Archives: Kastella

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 “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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Prophet Elijah’s Church – a Picturesque Church on Kastella Hill

Prophet Elijah Church, a picturesque little church, is situated on the hill of Kastella, overlooking the whole city of Piraeus. Originally operating as a private church dedicated to Prophet Elias, Saint George and Saint Eleftherios, probably built between 1868 and 1876, Prophet Elijah’s Church was bought by the Municipality of Piraeus and turned into a parish in 1883. In 1944, during the Allies’ Bombardment of Piraeus, the church is completely destroyed. Rebuilt in 1948, Prophet Elijah’s Church will be once again destroyed after the 1981 earthquake. This time, a prefabricated church will be placed on … < Read More >

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Siraggio or Paraskevas’ Cave

At the feet of the Prophet Elijah hill, right above the public beach “Votsalakia” in picturesque Kastela, “Siraggio” or “Paraskevas’ Cave”, was discovered in 1897. Siraggio is an ancient tunnel, the construction of which is attributed to the Minyes, the pre-historic inhabitants of Piraeus. The pre-historic monument is approachable either by descending the stone steps connecting the main road of Kastela, Vasileos Pavlou St., to “Siraggio”, or by taking the lane ascending from the beach. The only thing we know about this mysterious tunnel for sure is that it owes one of its names to Emmanuel Paraskevas, the owner of … < Read More >

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