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Must Visit in Piraeus!
Municipal Theatre: the jewel of Piraeus
It is a theatre with a long history and of great beauty. Leading Greek directors, actors, musicians, lyric artists, quite a few well-known foreign opera, drama and dance troupes, music and choral ensembles have all performed in it. It is a landmark in Piraeus city and the busiest part of the town, as it is located downtown on Korai Square, between the Piraeus Port and picturesque Pasalimani. Ten years ago the theatre closed in order to be renovated. Today the premises are completely refurbished and the theatre is open again for the public, adding touches of glamour and shine to the city life of Piraeus as well as of Athens. This makes it one of the leading cultural venues in the country.
The Piraeus Municipal Theatre was built in the 1890’s, following the neoclassical architectural style, by Ioannis Lazarimos, a Piraeus architect and professor of the National Technical University. It was inaugurated in April 1895. Its shape follows closely the classicist style and bears heavy influences from the German school represented in Greece by Ernst Ziller. The building’s shape is rectangular, its dimensions are 34 X 45 m. and the overall area is 6,000 m2. The main entrance is a portico with four Corinthian Columns and a pediment. On the top of the building there is a terraced roof with a pediment on its facade.
Marina Zeas (Pasalimani)
The Central Port| Its ancient name was Kantharos and today is the center of the city life. From here you can embark on a journey to all the Aegean islands (apart from the Sporades) and Crete. You can stroll around to see not only the cargo ships but also the sea liners, as well as the arrivals and the departures of shipments and people from all over the world. In the Freatida area you can see the remaining parts of the ancient Piraeus Wall (on the coastal area).Zea marina (Pasalimani)| This marina is the docking place for some of the most impressive yachts and cruisers. On the coast you can find many restaurants, taverns, bars and commercial stores which satisfy every passenger’s need.If you want to travel to the Athens' islands here you can also find flying dolphins (hovercrafts). Next to thearchaeological museum you will see the Ancient Theater of Zea (4th – 3rd cent. B. C.).
Mikrolimano| This port was protected by the goddess Mounichia Artemis and today is a popular area attracting people from all over Attica. It is a beautiful small port full of fishing boats, small ships and luxurious yachts. If you are fond of fish and sea food, you should eat at one of its famous taverns.
Kastella| A popular and beautiful quarter of Piraeus built on a hill also known as Prophet Ilias. If you walk to the top of the hill you will see alleys with picturesque houses. In this area you will also find the outdoor theatre “Veakio”, which hosts significant cultural events during the summer.
Piraeus has the only Naval Museum in Greece, housed in a building, specially build for this purpose, in Marina Zea. The museum is rich in artifacts (models of ships, representations of historical events, various objects, paintings, photographs, etc..) relative to the maritime tradition and history of our nation from ancient times till today. In separate galleries there are exhibits, of the antiquity and in particular the ancient Piraeus, the Revolution of 1821, the modern history of the navy (1912 - 1944) and our commercial shipping.
Note: The museum is daily open (except Sundays and Mondays) working hours are 09.00 - 14.00 (telephone. 22.214.171.1244).
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadiumis a football stadium in theNeo Faliro area of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. It is the home ground of the Greek club Olympiacos F.C. and is named after Georgios Karaiskakis hero of the Greek War of Independence, who was mortally wounded near the area.
It was used during the 1896 Summer Olympics as the Neo Phaliron Velodrome, where Frenchman Paul Masson took the three track cycling gold medals.It was renovated during the 1960s and was completely rebuilt in 2004 into a 32,115 capacity, all seater stadium, ready for the football competition of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Peace & Friendship Stadium
The Peace and Friendship Stadium, commonly known by its acronym SEF is a sports arena in Piraeus, in the coastal zone of Athens, Greece. The arena is mostly known for being the home to Euroleague Basketball team Olympiacos Piraeus and is the central venue of the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. It opened in 1985. The Peace and Friendship Stadium opened in 1985 and its construction cost was €25,000,000 in 1983 prices. It was designed by the architectural firm "Thymios Papagiannis and Associates". The arena is built opposite to the Karaiskakis Stadium inPiraeus, located in the western end of the Phaleron Bay in the coastal zone of Athens. It was inaugurated on February 16, 1985 at the first Panhellenic Athletics Indoor Championship, and hosted the 1985 European Athletics Indoor Championships in March
The Piraeus Archaeological Museum operates in a modern building in Xarilaou Trikoupi Street 31, founded in 1966 and inaugurated in 1981. It consists of a two-store showroom with warehouse and laboratories located in the basement. There is a building connection to the oldest museum (built in 1935 and declared as under preservation)
The old museum has its entrance from Filellinon street and used today as a repository of sculptures. The Museum building is constructed on the north side of the archaeological site that surrounds the Zea theatre and the area around the theatre is used as the storage countryside of ancient architectural, funerary inscriptions, etc.
The transport and display at the Piraeus Archaeological museum of fine art bronze statues, discovered in Piraeus in 1959 and remained in Athens until 1983, for technical reasons ( “Kourou” or Apollon, Athena, Artemis, etc.) has given prestigious artistic interest.
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