Piraeus tour: hidden urban stories

Piraeus, Greece

Clio Muse

Stops

10

Stories

50

Distance

5km

Duration

1h50min

Audio

No

Description

An urban self-guided audio walking tour in the heart of Piraeus. Discover credible and original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now and enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

Piraeus: Hidden urban stories is about a city where it pays to walk. Hidden among the apartment buildings of contemporary Piraeus, lie unexpected stories of the people who transformed this place from a wilderness to an exciting industrial and commercial center. This tour takes you back to 19th-century Piraeus and enables you to discover the unforgettable secrets of Greece’s largest port.

If you do not arrive by boat, the traditional way to come to Piraeus is by train. But not just any train. The line that connects downtown Athens to the port opened in 1869. The Piraeus central station is an impressive eclectic building that adapted to the Greek reality the European model of a big metallic apsidal dome with a glass ceiling. It is a miniature of Milan’s central rail station.

Since Piraeus was both a port and a thriving industrial town, there are many imposing buildings that commemorate both of these functions. The neoclassical Post Office cum Customs Office cum Telegraph Office was almost never used because the municipality refused to pay a paltry amount demanded for rent. The Municipal Theater seemed destined to always be under construction since each new municipal authority had something different in mind regarding the building’s plan and use. The Church of Hagia Triada became infamous over its terribly poor construction, was destroyed during a German bombardment and was rebuilt with funds provided by a surcharge on municipal bus fares. The Kleanthis storehouses caused a sensation back in the day with their impressive design and luxurious building materials but are now in a dilapidated condition. Don’t wait too long, for you may get there too late to find them still standing!

But, of course, it is the private mansions of the wealthy industrialists and merchants of Piraeus that still capture our imagination. The Metaxas Mansion was partially funded by one of the most successful Greek export commodities, the famous Metaxas brandy. The Strigkos Mansion is the definitive proof that working for 16 hours every day can pay off. The Patsiadis Mansion is the only surviving building of the so-called “Neighborhood of Mansions,” created by the famous architect Ernst Ziller.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά, Deutsch.

Highlights

  • The Municipal Theater

    1. The Municipal Theater

    The quintessential landmark of Piraeus was almost never completed. The people of Piraeus even thought of sacrificing pigeons in an effort to see it finished.
  • Metaxas Mansion

    2. Metaxas Mansion

    What does a Greek spirit based on brandy and a pre-eminent 20th-century Greek painter have in common?
  • The Strigkos Mansion

    3. The Strigkos Mansion

    A passion for geography became business acumen that took advantage of grains, rice and perfumes to grace the city of Piraeus with a small architectural gem.

Featured stories

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The team behind the stories at Clio Muse consists of a dedicated long-haired art conservator, an inquisitive bespectacled historian, a passionate feminist curator, and a gifted graphic designer with a permanent tan.

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Details

Address Piraeus Railway station
Starting point Pl. Odissou, Pireas
Finishing point 18 Klisovis, Pireas
Areas Piraeus port, Piraeus train station, Piraeus square
Opening hours To fully enjoy all the points of interest included in this tour, we recommend that you take it some time between 06:00 - 23:00 to ensure access to the Piraeus Train Station.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.