Lavrio Favorite Tips by AndyRG
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Favorite thing: The port of Lavrio becomes more important year by year. It has been enlarged during the last years, the aim is to be less jam at the big port of Piraeus.
The geographical position of the port makes it ideal to be new shipping routes, basicly to the islands in Cyclades. What's more, the new airport is near to the town.
Favorite thing: In front of the modern marine, Agia (Saint) Paraskevi stands silent and proud. It is a miniature church, similar to the thousand ones at the islands (like in Cyclades, of course in a bigger size).
Performing ancient greek drama...
Favorite thing: It is the ancient theater in Thoriko, a village next to Lavrio (on the direction to Athens, you turn on the right). It was the ancient natural port in antiquity.
Today, there are a few houses and this nice theater, where -together with these lovable young girls and their mother- we had performed (for a while!) an ancient greek drama...
So true and sad...
Favorite thing: It is written: "It is the mother, the sister, the wife, the betrothed of the prisoner in Makronisos, who looks towards the island". Makronisos is an uninhabitable island near Lavrio, where thousands communists -the greek communist party was illegal till 1974- had been exiled there during the civil war (1945-1949).
Favorite thing: This big hole in the land (like a caldera!), a strange landscape, is a few kilometres north of Lavrio. Be careful not to fall down, although there is a wire fence around it - but you can easily go through it. Isn't it ideal for a barbecue?
Favorite thing: The town is an alive museum itself, you can see the newest mines, the hundreds of shafts at a large region, even the ancient mines (Kamariza). Visit the technological and science park, too.
Favorite thing: Lavrio is a historical town, with many old buildings. Most of them are renovated, the past is united with the future... The Town Hall is next to the sea.
Where is the train?
Favorite thing: The land of Lavrio was blessed to be so rich in ore deposits (argent), already since the ancient times. The coins and the ships of Athens in antiquity were made because of this richness. It is said that the golden century of Athens of Pericles -5th BC- was based on the silver one of Lavrio...
Until 1971, there were still mines, their bigger acme happened in the 19th century (french companies were tapping them). Tram-cars were transferring the minerals directly to the ships.
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