Tag Archives: Pasalimani

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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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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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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The Shipsheds of Zea – The Shelter of the Almighty Athenian Fleet

Dockyards (neoria) were installations near the sea which were used as safekeeping places for battleships, throughout antiquity. Ancient dockyards were thus organized as to be equipped with all essential military infrastructures, the most important of which being the webs of shipsheds (neosoikoi). The shipsheds were built to accommodate fleets in period of peace. The long warships could not be preserved and maintained battalious if not kept ashore and protected. For instance, in case hull-fragile triremes, stayed into … < Read More >

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The Arsenal of Philo – Ancient Port of Zea’s Ship Equipment Storehouse

The Arsenal of Philo, a famous archaeological site, characteristic of the naval history of Piraeus, was built by the famous architect Philo between 346 and 328 in the 4th century BC. It was an amazing building situated in Zea’s port, right behind the ship sheds (“neossikoi”) and was used as storage space for all the equipment of the Athenian fleet as well as as a repository of new materials to replace old, worn-out parts of the ship. The Arsenal of Philo (123 meters long, 17 meters wide and 30 meters tall) was a … < Read More >

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The Ancient Theater of Zea

The Ancient Theater of Zea, situated right next to the Archeological Museum of Piraeus, was built in the Hellenistic Times (2nd century BC). In 1880 during excavation works aimed at the expansion of the city, vertebrae limestone columns, ancient construction stones as well as socket foundations – the latter probably belonging to a byzantine church – were found lying in an area known as “Frangoklissia” (a catholic church). Further excavations brought to light the Ancient Theater of Zea. Obviously influenced by the Ancient Theater of Dionysus in terms of structure, the Ancient Theater … < Read More >

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Archaeological Museum of Piraeus

Piraeus Archaeological Museum, through its exhibits, reflects the cultural heritage of the city and its strategic importance as a commercial centre of ancient Athens, as well as the Eastern Mediterranean. The Museum, located between Terpsithea Square and Pasalimani (gulf of Zea), is about 10 minutes walk from the cruise terminal. Adjacent to the museum, a fence encloses the ancient Hellenistic theatre of Zea, where the visitor can also admire the open-air, sheltered exhibition of sculptures (mostly grave monuments). The museum’s exhibits come from the wider region of Piraeus and include … < Read More >

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Institute of Hellenic Maritime History

The foundation of a Museum of the Greek Mercantile Marine was conceived by a small group of Coast Guard officers in 1982, when the then Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri had the idea to gather renown artists and art critics from countries all over the Mediterranean, for a few days on the island of Hydra, to attend a conference “The Mediterranean Sea Yesterday and Today”. The exhibits of the conference were transferred for preservation to Piraeus and specifically to the Coast Guard Academy. The Museum of the Mercantile Marine originally acquired legal status in 1991 and operated … < Read More >

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