WORTH VISITING LOCATIONS
PATRAS NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
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.
Patras Museum Timetable:
Tuesday – Sunday: 08:30 – 15:00 (Monday closed)
Ticket price 4€ (students 2€)
ST. ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL in PATRAS
It’s a Greek Orthodox basilica in the west side of the city center of Patras in Greece. Along with the nearby old church of St. Andrew, it constitutes a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. It is dedicated to the First-called Apostle of Christ, Saint Andrew. Construction of the Greek Byzantine-style church began in 1908. It was inaugurated 66 years later, in 1974. It is the largest church in Greece and the third-largest Byzantine-style church in the Balkans, after the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia. Over the central dome there is a 5-meter-long, gold-plated cross and over the other domes there are 12 smaller crosses. The interior of the church is decorated with Byzantine-style wall paintings and mosaics.
PATRAS ANCIENT ODEUM
Build before 160 AD, situated in Ano Polis
West of the Acropolis, in “AnoPoli” (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.
TheOdeum 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.
Patras Ancient Odeum
Opening hours 8:00am-2:30pm.
Except Mondays (entrance free of charge)
Tel.: 0030 2610220829
Enjoy the magnificent uphill view
Epidaurus was a small city in ancient Greece. Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary situated about five miles (8 km) from the town, as well as its theater, which is once again in use today.
It is the symbol of the Greek city of Patras. It is situated on the seafront, opposite of the temple of Saint Andrew.
In the ground level there is a cafe – bar – restaurant, while in the surrounding area there is a seaside park, as well as free parking space.
RIO – ANTIRIO BRIDGE
The 2252 meters long bridge of Patras
The Rion-Antirion bridge is located at the intersection of two major roads: the Athens –Korinthos – Patras- Kalamata motorway (concession project managed by “Olympia Odos”) and the Ioannina – Antirion motorway (concession project managed by “Ionian Odos”) which link the most important cities of Greece and form part of the European motorway network.
The Rion – Antirion Bridge (named as “CharilaosTrikoupis” 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.