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Patra or Patras


Greece facts and history in brief

Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Patras is the third largest city of Greece, and also the capital of the Achaea region of Greece.
Patra, or Patras, is located in the southwest part of Greece in Peloponnesos.
It is also the capital of the Region of West Greece.
Patras's metropolitan area has a population of over 200,000 and is an important commercial center and a busy port, with regular car-ferry services to and from Italy.
Distance from Athens is 215 km W, 94 km (old: 100 km) NE of Pyrgos, 7 km S of Rio, 134 km slightly W of Corinth, 77 km NW of Kalavryta and 144 km NW of Tripoli.

Details in brief
Prefecture: Achaia
Province: Province of Patra
Location: 38° 14' 31? N, 21° 43' 38? E
Area: 125.42 kmē
Population: 171,616 (2001)
Postal code: 260 through 265
Area/distance code: 11-30-2610-2 through 9 (030-2610-2 through 9)
Municipal code: 0718
Car designation: AX
Name of inhabitants: Patrean sing. -s pl.
Website: http://www.patras.gr/ (in Greek and English)

For a more thorough information on Patras, visit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patras) at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patras) October 2005
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).

About Wikipedia

This information was correct in October 2005. E. & O.E.

In 2005, Hui Chin and I visited Patras and found it a very nice and friendly place.

We found the Old and New Towns interesting and very nice.

The main sights that impressed us most were the Fortress, St, Andrews Basilica, the castle on the top of the town and the many beautiful squares in the New Town.

This was the second time I visited Patras. In 1978, My daughter Sarolta and I spent some time sightseeing the city after we arrived by ferry from Italy.

Some times I find faith plays funny tricks in ones' life. I have been in Patras twice now and although I have taken many photos on both occassions, I still don't have more than a handful of pictures to show for it.
I don't know what happened to many of the photos from my first visit, for my second visit the explanation is below, unfortunatly it appears on a few other pages too.

Unfortunately I do not have all my photos of this place left, although we had four cameras between us and we have taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my most favoured cameras: a JVC video camera I favoured because of the quality of photos it produced, ease of use and its excellent compression rate, and my Panasonic camera for its miniature size. Both had large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife', with my wallet and money.
You'll see this message a few times, because my JVC and Panasonic cameras' cards had many-many pictures stored.

You can click on these photos for an enlargement.


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