Patras is full of contrast!
The medieval castle. Tο get there, follow Agios Nikolaos street, which leads to an imposing staircase, and after a short walk (about 800 meters) it leads to the castle built by emperor Justinian I (6th century A.D.) inside the ancient acropolis. An unhindered view of the city and the Gulf of Patras, as well as unforgettable sunsets are two of the biggest attractions of that walk into the distant past of the city.
St. Andrew's basilica
The 19th century basilica, a work by architect Lyssandros Kaftantzoglou, was built on the spot where the patron saint of Patras was crucified, in Nero's time around 60 AD. It is the largest and most artistically significant church in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe. The central cupola is 46 metres tall and is the base for a 5-metre gold-plated cross and twelve smaller ones, symbolizing Christ and his twelve disciples. At least 5000 people can attend ceremonies within the church. Next to the old Church you can find the well of Agios Andreas. This place used to be Demetra's spring and was also used as an oracle for the sick. This spot was where Apostle Andreas preached. According to legend, it was also the spot where he was crucified. “Apollo” Municipal Theater
In George I square, this architectural jewel, and one of the most impressive in the city, was built in 1872, based on drawings by German architect Ernest Ciller, and funded by Patras' merchants.
PATRAS DAY & NIGHTLIFE
In the picturesque streets of the Upper City, many restaurants provide an exquisite view and affordable prices. With a variety of treats in the middle of the table for all the party and a glass of ouzo, the visitor is more than satisfied. Close to the port, cafes and bars in George I and Olga squares, entice the visitor to stop for a while. High Alonia square, one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Greece, is the center of Anthestiria (Flourishing) Patras festivities on May Day, while several events in the Patras Carnival take place in the square. St. Nikolaos street is one of the most crowded and popular city spots. The cosmopolitan atmosphere fills with young voices and conversations, mingling with music from the stylish bars in the area, creating a unique soundtrack. It is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and a meal, in a beautiful street adorned with spectacular neoclassical buildings. Rigas Ferraios pedestrian street and its alleys provide numerous opportunities for shopping and recreation: shops, bars, taverns, events, activities and a noisy crowd of all ages that never stops moving day and night. The Three Admirals pedestrian street forms the largest square in the city, and there are many mezedopolia (restaurants with tasty morsels), ovelistiria (grills), pizza places and restaurants. The Three Admirals street ends in the lighthouse area and is an ideal place for a walk, cycling and relaxation.
Patras carnival: Patras Carnival One of the most important European carnivals. It attracts visitors from all over Greece and Europe. The Children's Carnival is the only one of its kind in Europe and culminates in a Grand Children's Parade. The closing ceremony begins with the great night parade on the last Saturday of Carnival and ends at noon on Sunday with the glorious parade of 40,000 carnival participants and impressive floats. Patras carnival takes place between mid-February and mid-March every year. www.patrascarnival.gr & www.carnivalpatras.gr
- Patras International Festival
- Patras Festival
- Insitution of Ancient Drama - Patras International Film Festival (www.festivalpatras.gr)
Conferences in Achaia Conference and Cultural Center of the University of Patras The Conference and Cultural Center (C.C.C) of the University of Patras was built in the University Campus of Patras, covering an area of 6 acres. It has been developed on two levels in a total area of 9,300 m2 and can hold up to 2,000 conference participants simultaneously. The Conference and Cultural Center of the University of Patras is able to organize cultural events (theatrical and dance performances, concerts) and exhibitions or fairs which meet the highest requirements. Multipurpose Convention Centre at the Institute of Technological Education of Patras The Convention Centre was erected on campus at the Institute of Technological Education of Patras and covers an area of 2,500m2. It consists of two amphitheatres, a large one seating 374 people and a smaller one with 130 seats, an exhibition area, rooms for meetings and seminars and other multipurpose rooms, as well as reception areas. It is fully equipped with IT facilities.
PATRAS CENTRE 1 Agios Andreas Church 2 “Pharos” Light House 3 Port Authority - Customs (new harbour) 4 Nat. Tel. Company (O.T.E.) 5 Court of Justice 6 Ipsili Alonia Square 7 King George II Square 8 Apollon Theatre 9 Municipal Library 10 Roman Odeion Theatre 11 Castle 12 Stairs Ag. Nikolaou 13 Dassilio Forest 14 Old Hospital (cultural events DEPAP) 15 Police - Traffic Police 16 Olga Square 17 Post Office 18 Railway Station (O.S.E.) 19 Central Bus Station (K.T.E.L.) 20 Info Center 21 Marina 22 New Archaeological Museum 23 Roman Bridge