SUMMERTIME 2012, PIRAEUS, ATTICA, GREECE #5955A
The port of Piraeus is the chief port in Greece, the largest passenger port in Europe and the third largest in the world, servicing about 20 million passengers annually.
Piraeus is located within the Athens Urban Area,12 km southwest from its city center along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf.
Piraeus was largely developed in the early 5th century BC, when it was selected to serve as the port city of classical Athens. It was first settled in the ages of Themistocles, when the Long Walls were built (478 BC), and the town was being laid out to the plans of the architect Hippodamus. It gained considerably in importance when Athens became a naval power. The ancient harbours of Piraeus were Zea and Munichia.
Taken 17th July, 2012.
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