Patra Port – the most important port of Greece, located on the coast of the Gulf of Patraeus of the Indian Sea. It serves as the largest port of eastern Greece and has a sea connection to the Italian city of Brindisi. It is the third largest city in the country. It was chosen as the cultural capital of Europe in 2006.
Anarchaeologists have discovered settlements on Patras that date back to 3,000 years before our era. However, it is believed that the city was founded by Spartans. In the 4th century A.D., the Achaean chief Pravegus united the local trees into a polis, which he named in honor of Patreus, his son. The Patristic age had already taken place in the Roman period, especially during the destruction of Corinth. Patras was one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, and the emperors granted the citizens of the city the right to mint their own money. The great turmoil and political turmoil of the Roman Empire led to the fall of Patras in the 3rd century. The Middle Ages were marked by an unprecedented struggle of Western European nations for possession of this important port. Patras were owned by the Crusaders, the Venetians (1408-30 and 1687-1715), and the Turks of Osman. Patras was one of the first centers of the Greek national rebellion against the Turks (1821).
Patras – a major Christian center. Here at the cross, the Apostle Andrew the First was crucified (69). At the site of his funeral, the chapel cathedral (1974) holds the head of St. Andrew and a part of the crucifix.
The architectural appearance of Patras is characterized by the neoclassical structures that filled the city in the 19th century during the planned development period, a feature that distinguishes Patras from other large cities in the world. Among the noteworthy features are the Franco-Belgium in the Park, the Romanian Odén (3rd century), the ensembles of the plazas of Vassilias Olgos and Pisión Alonso in the historic district of Pálila Petródia. This area is also characterized by a charming atmosphere, with its enchanting benches and covens. Surrounding Patras are the castle of Tórnésez (1220), the National Sanctuary of St. Côtérôle and the wine cellar of Achaia Clauss. A significant architectural structure is the Charyalos Trichoucoupis bridge, which connects the peninsula of Peloponnesus with the coastal town of Greece. It ends with the 18th-century Venetian crenellations of Antonio and Rio.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 210,000 people
- GDP: $17,230 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Internet: 15 Mbps
- Best wireless: Cosmote
- Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
- Tipping: A gratuity of between 5% and 10% is a good guide. Leave it on the table with the bill, give it to the waiter directly, or tell the waiter you don’t want change. In some restaurants, the owner does not allow their staff to keep the tips.
- Apartment listings: Spitogatos
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best coffee 24/7: Retro Coffee
- Best taxi: Beat
- Best coworking space: Jelly
- Online electronics shop: Skroutz
- Best hospital: Olympion General Clinic
- Best short-haul air carrier: Ryanair
- Best intl air carrier: Aegean
- Monthly costs for expat: $1700
- Monthly costs for family: $3100
- Monthly costs for local: $900
- Meal: $13
- Small Cola: $2
- Beer 1 Pint: $6.5
- Coffee: $4.5
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