Piraeus

Selected as the port city for Athens in the 5th century BC, Piraeus is now Greece’s main port.

Selected as the port city for Athens in the 5th century BC, Piraeus is now Greece’s main port.

Located some 12 kilometres from Athens, Piraeus has been a thriving town throughout its long history. The city helped decide the fate of ancient Athens with its strategic location and large, protected harbour. The plethora of factories and industries in Piraeus even earned it the moniker ‘the Greek Manchester’.

The harbour is host to the headquarters of most shipping lines servicing the Aegean islands, as well as headquarters for the major international lines. The city also houses the terminal stations of the Athens metro, the suburban railway, and the railway network that connects Athens with the rest of Greece and Europe.

The tourist sites of Piraeus also include a number of impressive churches including Saint Spyridon, Trinity Church and Athens’ Catholic Church. Also of interest is the thriving market for consumer goods, and sailing and fishing equipment.

 

Additional Info

Name: Piraeus
District: South Suburbs
Area: Piraeus
Transportation: Metro Green Line (1): Piraeus Station

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