What to Do in Patras, Greece
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Patras is located in the northern Peloponnese area of Greece. When spending time in the country’s third-largest city, you will find yourself with many opportunities for sightseeing and adventure. Here are some things you can do while visiting Patras, Greece.
The Castle of Patras is located at the highest point of the town of Patras, which offers a wonderful 360 degree view of the area. The castle was built during the 6th century AD using materials from pre-Christian buildings. The walls of the castle and some of the areas withing the walls are in good condition and worth the walk to explore them.
Tour the Archaeological Museum of Patras
Located at the north entrance of the city of Patras, the Archaeological Museum of Patras showcases collections that present the history of Patras and surrounding areas. The building it is housed in is an architectural beauty to also be admired. Once inside, you can explore exhibits that date from prehistoric times to Roman times. The permanent exhibition at the Archaeological Museum of Patras is divided into three sections: the Hall of Private Life, the Chamber of the Necropolis, and the Hall of Public Life.
Spend Time at Calma Water Park
Calma Water Park is the ideal destination if you are traveling with a family with young children, but people of all ages will enjoy spending time here. If you drive to Calma Water Park there is parking available. There are lifeguards watching over the water slides and the pools, ensuring safety of visitors. If you have small children, there is a baby pool. There is also a jacuzzi at Calma Water Park if you want to relax after a day of adventure. Food, drinks, and snacks such as ice cream can be found at the water park.
Visit Agios Andreas Church
When spending time in Patras, you can visit the largest church in Greece, Agios Andreas Church. Agios Andreas Church features breathtaking architecture, paintings, and icons. The church was established in 1974 across from an older church.
Both churches are dedicated to Saint Andrew. The older church was built in 1835 beside a spring that is said to be of holy water and said to be where Saint Andrew died, likely by crucifixion. Agios Andreas Church has capacity for 7,000 people. A 5 meter long gold-plated cross can be seen above the central main dome of the church. There are 12 other crosses over the other domes, which represent Jesus and His apostles.
Spend Time at Patras Ancient Odeon
Patras, Greece is home to a wonderful piece of history, the Patreas Ancient Odeon. The Ancient Odeon was built prior to the building of the Odeon of Athens in 161 AD. Patras Ancient Odeon is located in Ano Poli to the west of the ancient acropolis. The Odeon was discovered by accident and reconstruction was completed in 1961, resembling its original form. Exhibits can be found around the Odeon showcasing mosaics, sarcophagi, and other findings from excavations around Patras.
Patras, Greece is filled with history and beauty waiting to be explored.
This post was written by Greek Boston