Patras is the third largest city in Greece counting about 214.000 residents. It is called “Greek gate to Europe” while Patras port connect Greece with many Italian ports. Patras rich history can be viewed in the New Archaeological museum of the city. The museum is located in the North entrance of the city in a beautiful modern building. Each of Patras sightseeings has a unique characteristic a visitor can see. The Patras Castle, the Municipal Theater “Apollon”, Achaia Clauss winery and the Rio – Antirrio bridge are those you should not miss.

Saint Andrew’s Church
Saint Andrew’s Church is situated in the South part of the city and is one of the biggest churches in the Balkans. The new, majestic Church built in Byzantine style was founded in 1908 by George the 1st and was inaugurated in 1974 by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Patra, Nikodimos. It is the largest and most artistically significant church in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe. Its construction was supervised by architect Anastasios Metaxas and following his death in 1937, by architect Georgios Nomikos. The central cupola is 46 metres tall and is the base for a 5-metre gold-plated cross and twelve smaller ones, symbolizing Christ and his twelve disciples. At least 5000 people can attend ceremonies within the church. The well of Agios Andreas (Saint Andrew). Next to the old Church you can find the well of Agios Andreas. This place used to be Demetra’s spring and was also used as an oracle for the sick. This spot was where Apostle Andreas preached. According to legend, it was also the spot where he was crucified.

Patras history through a modern – great architecture museum
The new archaeological museum of Patras, is situated in the northern entrance of Patra. It covers a total surface of 5955 square meters with three large halls for the permanent exhibition, one periodic exhibition hall, a modern reception, coffee shop and spacious surrounding area. Free parking area is available outside the museum. The museum’s exhibits cover the time period between 3000 B.C and the 4th century A.D. and come from the city of Patras, as well as from areas of southern and western Achaia. The exhibition is divided into three large thematic units. Private Life, Public Life and the Cemeteries respectively. The most prominent among the artefacts in all units are ones dating to the Mycenaen as well as to the Roman period, during which Patras reached its apogee. Patras was established as a colony of Octavian Augustus in 14 B.C. and played a significant role in history of the roman empire, reaching the peak of its affluence during the 2nd century A.D. Timetable: Tuesday – Sunday: 08:30 – 15:00 (Monday closed). Ticket price 4€ (students 2€)

Patras Lighthouse- Faros. The symbol of Patras
Patras lighthouse (Called “Faros” in Greek) is the symbol of the city of Patras. Patras lighthouse wan initially built in Saint Nickolas Pier and remained there until 1972 when was demolished. In 1999 the lighthouse was rebuilt in a Southern location near Saint Andrew’s church. Today Patras lighthouse does not have a maritime usage but is a very beautiful sightseeing of Patras. In the basement of Patras lighthouse – Faros today there is a cafe – bar – restaurant and free parking is available for visitors.

Patras Castle
The Castle of Patras was built during the 2nd half of the 6th century AD, on top of the ruins of the ancient Acropolis. It is located on a low hill of Mount Panachaiko at a distance of about 800 metres from the coast. Its walls enclose an area of about 22725 sq.meters and it consists of triangular external compound, enhanced with towers and ramparts protected initially by a deep moat and an internal compound raised in the North-East corner, also surrounded by a moat. Patras Medieval Castle – Opening hours: 8.30 am – 3.00 pm except Mondays (entrance is free of charge) Tel.: 0030 2610 623390

Rio-Antirio bridge
The Rion – Antirion Bridge (named as “Charilaos Trikoupis” bridge) is the longest multi-span cable stayed bridge of the World with its 2,252 meters’ continuous and fully suspended deck. Its foundations lay on a seabed that reaches 65 meters of depth. This is a world record for a bridge as well as their diameter of 90 meters making of them the world’s largest bridge foundations. Walking the bridge is a great experience you should live and is for free. There are protected pedestrian sidewalks on both the West and East side of the Bridge. These can be accessed through staircases on both the Rion and the Antirion coast or from parking areas near the toll plaza.

Patras Ancient Odeum
West of the Acropolis, in “Ano Poli” (upper city) you can visit Patra’s Roman Odeum, that was built at an earlier date than the Athens Odeum (Herodion 160 AD). The geographer Pausanias who visited Patra in 170 AD, writes “it has the most beautiful decoration I have ever seen, excluding of course that of Athens”. As mentioned by Pausanias, inside the Odeum, which was a continuation of the ancient Agora, there was a statue of Apollo, made of loot, from the war against the Gauls (279 BC) when the Patrians has assisted the Aitolians. During the following centuries, earthquakes, wars, and conquerors, destroyed the Odeum and covered it with earth and other buildings. From the small hill that was formed, only few parts remained uncovered. It came to light once again in 1889, when excavation works took place on hill for embankment of the port. A number of decades were to go by before the beginning of reconstruction works, which were completed in 1965, the year during which the Odeum regained its initial form. In the same decade, the surrounded space was turn into an archaeological area where mosaics, sarcophagic and other ancient findings were displayed. The Odeum consists of all main parts of a theatre, concave, orchestra, front-stage, stage and back-stage whilst the 23 rows of seats, can accommodate 2.300 spectators. Since the establishment of the Patra International Festival, the Ancient Odeum constitutes its main stage, hosting top Greek and foreign artistic ensembles, during the summer months. Opening hours 8:00 am- 2:30 pm. Except Mondays (entrance free of charge)

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