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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:17 PM   #1
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ΠΑΤΡΑ | Patras - projects and construction

The city of Patras is located in Peloponnese, western part of Greece, about 210 km west of Athens.

The city used to be the main port of Greece before the Corinth canal was opened (1893). Now it's the port from which ferries mainly depart to Italy (Ancona, Brindisi) and it is a lively college city with population around 250.000 in the city and approximately 400.000 in the metro area. It is currently the third largest city in Greece.

Patras is also known for its carnival of which the first ball was held in 1829. Now it is a major event that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists and tens of thousands of group members.

The colleges play a significant role to the economy and night life of Patras. One of them is the University of Patras with about 30.000 undergrad and graduate students and the Technological Institute of Patras, a college of 10.000-12.000 students. The first one is built on the foot of a mountain and overlooks the recently completed Rion-Antirrion bridge.

This city also hosted preliminary soccer games during the Olympic tournament.
Overall I think it is a very nice place to stay, more quiet than Athens and Thessaloniki but still with interesting things to do.




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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:31 PM   #3
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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:49 PM   #5
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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:50 PM   #6
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Surrounding areas.









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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:52 PM   #7
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no pics man, onli X
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Old December 29th, 2004, 09:54 PM   #8
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University of Patras, Patras, Greece.























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Old December 29th, 2004, 10:49 PM   #9
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Come on guys, terminate the photos problem soon.
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Old December 29th, 2004, 10:58 PM   #10
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there is some problems with photos Taha?
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Old December 29th, 2004, 11:05 PM   #11
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Yes there is a some problem but I don't no what kind of problem on the photos. Maybe links are not show to other webs.
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The Bridge.


















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Finally the stadium where some preliminary soccer games were held.










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Old December 30th, 2004, 12:42 AM   #14
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Now I think it's working.

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Old December 30th, 2004, 01:26 AM   #15
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Ah Wright Cup you beat me too it. I was also preparing a Patras thread as my cousin goes to the University there. I went there and loved it. Great city, and great pictures.
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Old December 30th, 2004, 07:37 AM   #16
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GoCaps I love Patras too. I have spent some years over there and had lots of fun.
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Old December 30th, 2004, 10:57 AM   #17
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Ow, this is very interesting bridge, can you tell me where is the location of this brige, in athens ?
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Old December 30th, 2004, 10:59 AM   #18
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The port of Patra is one of the main gateways to Europe with direct links to Italian cities like Brintizi and Angona. Also, with the extension of the speed suburban rail to Korinthos, the rail trip to Patra will be much faster than it used to be some five years ago.

One of the main attractions of Patra is, if course, the Rion Antirrion bridge which is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Also, Patra was the first city outside the Athens Metro Area to host a big shopping centre - multiplex cinema complex with the famous- Veso Mare (I really would like to see pictures of this one). Overall it is a lively city, also thanks to the university. One of the schools of the iniversity which is worth mentioning is the School of Comouter Science and Engineering, which is one of the best in the Mediterranean, along with the Institute of Informatics in Crete.

Overall a city worth visiting at least once...
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@ Taha and the rest of the visitors: for more information aboput the Rion-Antirrion Bridge go to http://www.gefyra.gr/English/framesetbig.htm to see plenty of info and pictures.
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Old December 30th, 2004, 05:16 PM   #20
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Taha thanks for your comments.
The bridge is very close to the University, in the suburbs of Patras.
The department of civil engineering has participated in this project to some extent.

Yes I think Patras needs faster railway services, upgrading of the road network (Ionian highway) and maybe the reconstruction/renovation of Araksos airport in the next few years.
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