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Old April 23rd, 2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Patras - Greece's third largest city

the capital of the historical Peloponnese


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Patras, the third largest city in Greece is a major Mediterranean port and the country's main gate to the West - a modern financial, commercial and cultural centre. Amongst other places of interest, the city has a wide variety of monuments bearing witness to its long historical journey.
So... enjoy!


--> There is a similar thread in the greek subforum http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=163827 (mostly for greek friends) which includes also news and discussions (in greek too).
But here all the photos are mine since that is the policy of urban showcase.
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 12:52 PM   #2
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The newly restored Lighthouse of the City of Patras (no longer functional) now sits in a newly developed area surrounded by a recreation space, a cafe and a restaurant overlooking the city's port.
April 2009






View towards the port (notice the bridge in the background)

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Old April 23rd, 2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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View from "dassylion", Patras largest green space (actually its a hill full of pine-trees)

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Luxury apartments opposite to the marina



Cafeterias in the marina



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Old April 23rd, 2009, 04:57 PM   #4
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I don't understand how Greece can have a smaller popualtion than Australia, ELLADA is so dense, all its cities
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 06:02 PM   #5
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Great photos of Patra city, thanks for posting them
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 08:15 PM   #6
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I thought Greece's 3rd largest city was Larissa, at least I was told that when I have been there. (never been to Patras though)

Nice pics btw.
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Old April 24th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #7
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I think 3rd city is Patra too...
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As far as I know Patras, Larissa and Iraklion are all a bit above 100,000. I guess locals in all of the three cities would tell me their city is the Greek 3rd one .

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In fact, population density in Greece is rather low as for European standards. Especially if you consider more than 40% of Greeks only live in Athens and Salonica.

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Enjoyable pictures . How old is the bridge connecting Pelopones with central Greece? It is quite new, isn't it?
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As far as I know Patras, Larissa and Iraklion are all a bit above 100,000. I guess locals in all of the three cities would tell me their city is the Greek 3rd one .
Things are quite clear dear friend regarding the third city.
The battle is for the 4th position between Heraklion and Larissa.
There is not even one official document of the last 50 years that does not recognize Patras as the 3d largest city of Greece.
For simple facts you can visit http://www.statistics.gr/gr_tables/S...DC_01_03_Y.pdf which is the last official document of statistical service of Greece.
The last census of 2001 clearly marks Patras as third largest city with population ~170,000.
If we consider Rion and the suburbs like Paralia connected to the city and if we add the population increase of the last 8 years then the population is ~200,000.


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Enjoyable pictures . How old is the bridge connecting Pelopones with central Greece? It is quite new, isn't it?
Thank you!
The bridge was inaugurated in 2004.
For many pics and info have a look at this thread (under the bridges subforum of SSC):
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...t=89633&page=7

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Old April 24th, 2009, 02:53 PM   #10
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Longest suspencion deck in the world, it had an episode in National Geographic's "Megastructures" considered one of the largest engineering feats of the decade.

I posted the documentary in the above thread.
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Old April 24th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #11
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The domumentary about the bridge is really great!!

Anyway more pics !

"Trion Navarhon" steps and a nicely restored old house (today a restaurant)


Pantokrator church (one of the oldest parishes of Patras)



Church of Saint Dionysios





The central dome of Saint Andrew's church



you can see the dome from every high place in the city , the following photo shows the view from "dassylion"



Saint Andrew church - Largest church in Greece and one of the largest in the orthodox world.

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Old April 25th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #12
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Nice photos too Skaros thanks

btw if you want you may visit my thread "Kalamata" here in urban showcase
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Old April 26th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #13
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On the deck of Rio-Antirio bridge


Huge ferry as seen from marina


Port of Patras passenger terminal



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Old April 27th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #14
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Man...amazing city. Another beautiful city.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #15
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Excellent photos, Skaros! Thanks for the tour!
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Old May 1st, 2009, 02:25 AM   #16
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Thank you guys! I am glad you like them!
More to come in the next days...

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And those photos will be great too
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Old May 4th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #18
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Hi. I've been in Patra with my family last Christmas. Patra is the best city in Greece. Better than Athina in my opinion. It's more beautiful, less dark.

I walked at this bridge Rio-Antirio until the middle, i 'climbed' the stairs in the middle of Patra to walk through the highest area of the city.

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Old September 24th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #19
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I wanna see more photos. I took so few pics when i was there.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #20
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Nice shots, looks like a very pleasant. Great weather and an impressive bridge!
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