Patras…. a historical city with a rich past, home to many prime-ministers (St.Gonatas, D.Gounaris, G.Papandreou, A.Michalakopoulos, P.Kanellopoulos, K.Stefanopoulos) and birthplace of Kostis Palamas and many other spiritual and art figures.

Founded by the Achaeans of Sparta when they were expelled by the Dorians, who with Prefgenis and his son Patreas as their leaders, came by the ending of the Myceanean era.

Until then the whole Achaia was called Ionia by the Ionias, and Aigialos either named after the king of Sikionos, Aigialos, or because it extended along the seashore.

The Ionias initially resorted to Athens and from there to Asia Minor, where they founded twelve cities, the Ionian Dodekapolis, in memory of the twelve cities they left behind. Prefgenis along with Patreas united three Ionian townships, Aroe, Mesati and Anthia and with Anthia as the centre they founded a new city, Patrais, named after Patreas.

The city attracted many conquerors, Romans, Gauls, Franks, Venetians and Turks, who conquered it consecutively, because of its port. After its liberation Patra rapidly developed due to the trade conducted in the port.

Beautiful neoclassical buildings adorn the city, all roads of which lead to the sea. The industry gradually grows while the intellectual and artistic life is intense.

Today, with at least 213,000 inhabitants is the third largest city in Greece and a portal to the west thanks to its geographical position and mainly because of its port , which connects the country with many ports of Italy. Another privilege is the easy access to three major archaeological sites in Greece, Ancient Olympia, Delphi and Epidaurus which makes Patras a "passage" of thousands of tourists every year.

It has proper town planning, many neoclassical buildings, dozens of impressive monuments, houses with arches forming arcades in the pavements that all adorn the town and give its particular style and color. A city with its gaze turned to the west, where when the sun sets, offers one of the most beautiful sunsets in Europe.

Patras is a city that is constantly evolving, favoured by a temperate-mild climate, fertile land and dotted with monuments of great cultural value, attracts Greek and foreign visitors throughout the year, causing the visitors to discover it...

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