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Town Patras - it is the capital of the Peloponnese, located at its northernmost point. This is the third largest city in Greece, and one of the busiest ports in the country, which, due to its geographical position, provides maritime communication between Greece and the Ionian Islands and Italian cities. (Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice and Trieste). In fact, the city owes its economic and cultural development to this particular port.
Patras is a city with a rich history and many magnificent monuments such as a medieval castle, a Roman Odeon and a Roman theater. In fairness, it should be noted that until 146 BC, when it was conquered by the Romans, the city did not play a big role in the history of Greece.

The ruins of the city witnessed various cultural influences. Beginning in the second century BC and until the 18th century AD, Patras passed through the hands of the Romans, Franks, Venetians, and Turks. In 1828, he was liberated and is still one of the largest Greek cities.
The city is famous for its nightlife and wonderful cafes and bars by the sea.
Passes here in summer art festivalwhose events unfold in the ancient Roman theater. And in the winter, it is in Patras the best and most beautiful Greek carnivals. The annual carnival processions, usually held in February-March, last 6 weeks and include music concerts and theater performances. The peak of this holiday is a costume parade on the last Sunday of the carnival period. The festive procession starts from Olga Square and ends at King George Square. During this period, Patras welcomes many guests from all over the country who wish to participate in the celebration.
In addition, Patras is a pleasant seaside resort with good hotels and developed tourist infrastructure.

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A visiting card, as well as one of the most famous and recognizable sights of the Greek city of Patras, is the Lighthouse (the Greeks call it “Faros”), located on the city promenade directly opposite the Church of St. Andrew.

The first lighthouse in Patras was built back in 1856 and was located on the pier of St. Nicholas. The original structure was built of wood and was a rather unreliable structure, so it is not surprising that already in 1865, as a result of a strong storm, the lighthouse was destroyed. In 1878, a new lighthouse was built in its place - this time made of stone. The impressive 17-meter building stood for almost a hundred years, but in 1972, during the military dictatorship of the right wing (in the history of Greece, this period entered as the Black Colonels or the Regiment of Colonels, sometimes, however, these times are simply called the Junta), during large-scale reconstruction and modernization of the port, the old lighthouse was destroyed. Only in 1999 it was decided to restore the lighthouse (an exact copy of the stone building of 1878), but already in a new place - opposite the church of St. Andrew, where, in fact, you can see it today.

The new lighthouse in Patras is not used for its intended purpose and is only a tourist attraction, but impressive (especially in the evening when the lights are turned on) and popular. On the ground floor of the building there is a small cozy bar-restaurant, and in the warmer months there is an open summer area where you can relax, enjoying not only traditional Greek cuisine, but also stunning panoramic views.

A bit of history

The lighthouse got its name from the name of the bay in which it is located.
Turlitis lighthouse was commissioned in 1887 and renovated in 1994. It became the first automatic lighthouse in the Greek lighthouse system. The caretaker is not actually there permanently, but oversees its functioning.

During the Second World War, the lighthouse was completely destroyed and an ordinary tower was installed in its place. The modern lighthouse became an absolute copy of the old building and was erected in the 90s of the last century at the expense of the Greek oil magnate Alexandros Gulendris. The lighthouse became a symbol of the memory of his deceased daughter Violanta.

The lighthouse on the rock looks like a fantastic picture and is one of the main attractions of the island of Andros. Many travel booklets present a lighthouse on a cliff in calm, calm weather. But in fact, the sea in the vicinity is extremely stormy, so the presence of a lighthouse here is not so much an attraction as a justified necessity. Strong winds and waves are common here.

Lighthouse on the rock in numbers

  • The total height of the lighthouse along with the rock is 36 meters
  • The height of the lighthouse itself is 19 meters
  • The height of the upper cylindrical tower is 7 meters
  • Spotlight flash interval - 10 seconds

This is a unique lighthouse of Greece, built on a cliff in the sea 300 meters from the coast and directly opposite the island’s capital, Chora (sometimes called Andros).
To the lighthouse is a curved stone staircase carved into the rock.
On the cape leading to the lighthouse is the Andros Maritime Museum. Look into it - it will be interesting.

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