Piraeus General Background
Piraeus is a city in the periphery of Attica and a suburb located 9 km to the south-west of the center of Athens. Actually, Piraeus is the western part of the Athens coastal zone.
It belongs to the Athens urban area. It was the port of the ancient city of Athens and was chosen to serve as the modern port when the city re-emerged.
Piraeus is one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean Sea in terms of passenger transportation, servicing more than 20 million passengers annually. The Piraeus station is the terminus of Line 1 (the "green line"), the electric train service now incorporated into the Athens Metro.
The Archeological Museum of Piraeus, along with the Maritime Museum, reveal the glorious history the city. In Piraeus there are many historical monasteries and churches you can visit.
Today the life of Piraeus is centered on its three ports. You can walk around the central harbour, shared by cargo and passenger ships alike, and watch the constant comings and goings of goods and people from around the world.
You may see Piraeus Harbor Map on my second pic. You may watch my
1 min 10 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Piraeus port Cruise departure from my YouTube channel with Greek music.
You may watch my high resolution photos of Piraeus Harbor on Google Earth in Piraeus according to the following coordinates 37º 56' 46.42" N 23º 38' 11.96" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Photo 1 , Photo 2, Photo 3.
Thyra 7 (Gate 7) is forever etched in history as the worst tragedy in Olympiakos history and will never be forgotten.
On 2 February, 1981, Olympiakos played AEK and crushed them 6-0. Fans wanted to spill out of the old Karaiskaki onto the streets to celebrate this huge victory, but at Gate 7, someone forgot to unlock the gate. A man rushing to get out fell, and this caused a chain reaction of others falling. 21 people were crushed to death.
21 seats with the victims names are dedicated in the new Karaiskaki and will remain forever empty.
Dimitris Adamopoulos (aged 40)
Gerasimos Amitsis (aged 18)
Spyros Andriotis (aged 24)
Kostas Billas (aged 28)
Christos Chadjigeorgiou (aged 34)
Zografoula Chairatidou (aged 23)
Yannis Dialinas (aged 20)
Nikos Filos (aged 19)
Yannis Kanellopoulos (aged 18)
Kostas Karanikolas (aged 26)
Michalis Kostopoulos (aged 21)
Antonis Kouroupakis (aged 34)
Spyros Leonidakis (aged 18)
Efstratios Loupos (aged 20)
Michalis Markou (aged 27)
Vassilis Machas (aged 20)
Ilias Panagoulis (aged 17)
Anastasios Pitsolis (aged 30)
Kostas Sklavounis (aged 16)
Yannis Spiliopoulos (aged 19)
Panagiotis Toumanidis (aged 14)
All taxis MUST use the meter, if the driver doesn't switch it on when you get in, ask him to.
Meter starts at 0,73 EURO
Rate per km when using tariff 1 0,23 EURO
Rate per km when using tariff 2 0,38 EURO
Waiting time per hour 7,00 EURO
Radio taxi - simple call 1,17 EURO
Radio taxi - appointment 1,76 EURO
From and to airports 0,88 EURO
From ports, railway stations and bus terminals 0,44 EURO
Night tarif No 2 - 24:00 - 05:00 0,38 EURO
Luggage - charge per item over 10 kg 0,15 EURO
Minimum Fare 1,47 EURO
"My Trips to Piraeus"
Piraeus is the largest port in Greece and in the Mediterranean. There are 3 harbours - Kentriko Limani, Pasalimani, and Mikrolimano.
I never spent much time in Piraeus, only walking around for a few hours while waiting for ferries to leave, but there are things I would like to see when I return to Greece.
The picture above is the only picture I have of Piraeus, when my ferry was well out of the harbour.
Piraeus began as a port in 480 BC when Themistokles moved the Athenian fleet from Faliro to Piraeus. Over the years, the port declined to become a small fishing village and when Greece became independent, only 20 people lived there. By the beginning of the 20th century, it was once again the most important port in Greece.
In the 1920s, population swelled when 100,000 Greek refugees from Turkey arrived. This had a huge influence on the culture of Greece with the rise of rebetiko music.
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