Aegion (Aigio) is the second town in the prefecture of Achaia, with a population of 30,000 inhabitants.
It was one of the 12 cities that formed the Achaean League. In the Middle Ages, it was called by the slavic name Vostitsa or Vostitza.
The city is close to the sea. There is a ferry service to Agios Nicholaos, in Sterea Ellada. Panagia Trypiti is a church close to the beach. Visit also the square Psila Alonia.
My page on Patras Patras - a city of St. Andrew.
My Patras VT-page content:
Saint Andrew Cathedral
Saint Andrew Cathedral Inside
Gulf of Patras
Cable links of the Bridge may break off!
Where is Patras and how to get to it
You may watch my SLIDE-Show with 8 high resolution photos Greece Patras and Rio-Antirio out of my WebShot page.
You may also watch my 1 min 49 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Patras Agios Andreas out of my YouTube channel or Patras Agios Andreas out of VT-Tube.
You may watch my 2 min 45 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Rio Andirio Bridge out of my YouTube channel or Patras Rio-Antirio Bridge out of VT-Tube or only listen to the popular Greek music.
The city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon which is the northernmost mountain range in the Peloponnese. Patras is overlooking the Gulf of Patras.
It is 40–50 km long, 10–20 km wide. The Port of Patras lies to the southeast and is the only major port on the gulf. It serves ferries to Ancona and Brindisi in Italy.
A dream of... centuries came true, finally...
The bridge connects Rio (near Patra) and Peloponnese with Andirrio, at the greater prefecture of Sterea Ellada (central Greece).
At the time it was built it was the longest cable stayed bridge in the world - with a continuous deck of 2.250 m.
The whole project was ready one day before the Olympic Games in 2004, 12 August...
It is the second largest city of the prefecture of Achaia, 40 km east of Patra. Aigio has been built mainly on a stony hill and it is divided into an upper and a lower section. There are a lot of places to visit inside and outside the city...
This wonderful cave is situated near Kastria village, not far away from Kalavrita. It is a rare creation of nature, its exclusively unique characteristic is the string of cascading lakes (in 3 levels!).
The monastery of Mega Spileo (it means "Big Cave"), near Kalavrita, at the western part of the prefecture, is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The famous icon of Virgin Mary is treasured there.
More on my Kalavrita page too...
The historical town of Kalavrita is not only well-known for its contribution to the revolution of Greeks against the Turks in 1821, but also for the resistance during the Second World War, when the Germans burnt down the town...
Much more on my Kalavrita page...
A strong earthquake took place in 1995 and destroyed enough buildings around Aigio, some people also died...
These stones you see are what's left from a hotel near Temeni ("Eliki"), where I was usually going to swim at its swimming pool...
Ancient Eliki, according to the historian traveler Pausanias, had been built somewhere there. It was the most important town of the Ions in Peloponnese.
The church of Panagia Trypiti is only a few km far away of Aigio, tucked into a crevice in a rock. Inside it you can see the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. There is a nice garden outside the church, very close to the sea.
The beaches of the prefecture are usually full in the summer, as many people live in Patra and Athens is not far away...
New houses-villas are being built year by year, this derelict one is an exception...
At the front and on the right side of the church, the marble sepulchre of the apostle is located. In the mid-4th c., when Konstantinos the Great was emperor, the holy relics were transferred to St. Apostles' church in Constantinople.
When the Franks occupied the city, the relics were transferred to Italy. On 26/9/1964 the saint's head returned to Patra by Pope Paul, after the actions of the citizens of the city.
Being in Patra, saint Andreas accomplished miracles and his speeches enlightened most of the citizens of the city. But the Roman governor of Patra, Aegeatos, was not convinced by him, he gave the order to crucify the "annoying" apostle.
Saint Andreas accepted the decision of the governor with joy and with prayers to the Lord. For two days the apostle, being on the cross in the shape of "X", tought the citizens who had gathered about, until his death...
Maximilla, the wife of the governor, took the body of the apostle from the cross.
He was the first of the apostles to follow Christ (also called "First called"), he afterwards brought to Him his own brother, apostle Peter.
On his journeys the apostle endured many sufferings from pagans. The final city to which he came and finally died was Patra...
The two (new and old) churches, next to each other, consist one of the most holy places in Greece. The small church was erected between 1836-1843 at the spot where saint Andreas (the First called), the patron saint of the city -I have his name!- died as a martyr.
The new church was founded in 1908 and it is the largest and most artistic in the Balkans.
G.Olympiou-Evmilou & Aktis Dimaion 9, Patras, 26222, Greece
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Niforeika Beach, Kato Achaia, 25200, GR
This is a very good hotel with large rooms, good bath rooms, and great sea views. Hotel has...more