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Patras is situated in the South West part of Greece. It has a population of 200000 and it is an important commercial center and a busy port (with regular car-ferry services to and from Italy). The town extends along the coast and up to the hillside of the castle. The landmark of Patras is this castle, a Venetian one, overlooking the town and the bay. Patras is a very old town with a history of more than 3000 years. The ancient city of Patras was originally formed by the unification of three Mycenaean villages: Aroe, Antheia and Mesatis. After the Dorian invasion a group of Achaeans from Laconia, led by Patreas, established a colony and the city took its name from their leader.During the ancient years, Patras remained a farming region but during the Roman invasion it became an important port.
During the Byzantine period Patras continued to be an important port as well as an industrial center. Patras was invaded by the Turks in 1460. The first period of Turkish rule (1460 –1687) was a miserable one but from 1715 and on there was a revival of trade and so in the 18th century it became a prosperous town again economically based on agriculture and trade. Later Patras played an active part in the Independence struggle against Turks (1821).

The town nowadays is divided into the Upper and Lower part with broad flights of steps, as well as streets, giving access between the two levels. The upper part is the older and more picturesque but the lower part is attractively laid out with plenty of squares notably the square of Psila Alonia and Georgiou I square. There are a lot of neoclassical buildings left like the theatre “Apollon” in Georgiou I square, the Town Hall, the headquarters of the Local Trade Association, the Justice Court and a lot of other buildings

The most interesting ancient monument in Patras is the Roman Odeon, now reconstructed and used as an open-air theatre for performances and concerts during the summer period. Dominating the whole town is the ruined Castle, a relic of the Venetian invasion of the town (1687-1715). Now its interior is laid out as a public garden. It stands on a hill and besides this there is a wonderful cafι overlooking the town and the bay. Patras is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. It offers its resident a lot of facilities such as shopping centers, picturesque cafes, pubs, discos, restaurants as well as educational and cultural facilities such as schools, colleges, a university, a library, two theatres and some galleries and cinemas. Although it is a provincial town everyone admits it is a comfortable and nice place to live in.

Ending this small description of our town we mustn’t forget to refer to one of the biggest tourist attractions of Patras, which is the carnival festival, held every year in February-March. It is one of the most famous in the world coming just after Rio de Janeiro and Venice.

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  • Copyright: Vicky Pan (Vertigo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 8 N: 50] (758)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-04-01
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2006-04-02 10:31
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