Piraeus museums showcase the city’s own history. The Athens Contemporary Architecture is a must place to visit while in Piraeus. Also, the Saronic Islands and harbours are the best places to spend even a full day at. Don’t forget to visit the Saronic Islands around.
Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
Although the museum was founded in 1935, a comprehensive restructuring was made in 1966. It offers the visitor a complete picture of the history of the city. Traces of the city’s prosperity are exhibited. A fine collection of sculptured grave monuments, reliefs, and pottery, mainly from the 5th and 4th centuries BC, is displayed. The exhibits are mainly from the wider area of Piraeus and the Attica beach. Just beside the museum are the ruins of the ancient theatre.
Address: 31 Trikoupi Charilaou, Piraeus 185 36 Greece.
Municipal Gallery of Piraeus
The gallery was inaugurated in 1957. It displays exhibits of Greek artists such as M. Axelos, K. Volanakis, P. Vyzantiou, A. Geralis, E. Doukas, D. Kokotsis, Th. Lazaris, N. Lytras, K. Maleas, M. Ekonomou, K. Romanides, A. Christofis. It started its operation as a section of the Municipal Library in the building of the Municipal Theater.
A collection of around 80 sculptures by George Kastriotis, 156 works by artist St. Lazaros and the collection given by the famous Greek actor Manos Katrakis are beautifully exhibited. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Piraeus.
Address: 91 Iroon Polytechniou Str, 185 36 Piraeus, Greece.
Railway Station (Piraeus-Peloponnese)
The buildings of Piraeus Railway Station are decorated with ‘Bouniato’ on all four sides, which are, in fact, the first example of industrial architecture in Greece. The doors and windows frames, the false-roofs, the big wooden barn doors and the decorating strips that run across the walls of the buildings are all made of stone and are covered by wooden roofs of tiles. Even the toilets have stone-made water reservoirs.
Hellenic Maritime Museum
Hellenic Maritime Museum, founded in 1949, highlights the whole Greek Navy’s. The oldest objects are some worked obsidian stones that represent the era around 8000BC. The museum has nautical pieces spanning the history of the Greek Navy from ancient times to the present day. Besides this, there are paintings, ship models, maps, flags, and nautical instruments. The museum also has a library with 10,000 volumes and a photographic and film collection as well.
Address: Akti Themistokleous, Freattys, 185 37 Piraeus, Greece.
In Greece, Zea’s marina is where some of the most impressive yachts and cruisers are moored. The coastline is full of restaurants, tavernas, bars and shops that cater to the needs of yachters. Here, you can also find the Flying Dolphins (hovercrafts) to go to the Saronic Gulf islands.
Under the Saronic Islands category, a big group of islands near Piraeus and under Piraeus prefecture can be found. The name comes from the Gulf Saronic Gulf, which washes Piraeus’ banks.
To explore Saronic Island – book a tour!!
Once protected by the goddess Mounichia Artemis, this port is today a popular hang-out for tourists. It is a lovely little harbour full of fishing boats, small vessels and some gorgeous yachts.
Also known as Prophetis Elias, built on a hill, Kastella is Piraeus’ most fashionable neighbourhood. If you walk towards the top of the hill, you will find yourself in narrow streets surrounded by picturesque houses. The view of the central harbour, Zea and Mikrolimano from here is just marvellous.
This unique archaeological park served as the city’s marketplace from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Scattered throughout the Agora are statues and ruins of numerous buildings, the most interesting of which is the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos or Thission, built in the 5th century BC.
Book a tour to Agora!!
Athens Contemporary Architecture
Two specific features distinguish urban architecture in the Greek Capital: The heavy legacy of Athenian 19th-century Neo-Classicism and the sentimental attachment of its creators to the indigenous vernacular tradition.
Address: Athens, Greece (Around 5.33-miles from Piraeus)
For a total change of scenery, around 5.33-miles from Piraeus, one can grab a taxi to the Kessariani Monastery. A short drive takes you to the famous Byzantine monastery, located in the forest on the slopes of Mount Ymittos, which is an altogether different experience.
Address: Kessariani Forest, Athens, Greece.
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands located between the Saronic and Argolis Gulf. Its rocky area is spread across 50sq.km & its shoreline is across 55km with a population of 3000. Hydra is also famous for being the most unspoiled island due to its limited growth and the most ecological island without cars. From Piraeus, Hydra is well connected. Thus it is easy to reach this island using the Ferry or the Flying Dolphin.
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