"Ancient History Lesson - Lavrion" Lavrio by janetanne
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After the battle of Marathon, Themistocles persuaded the Athenians to devote the anticipated revenue derived from a major silver vein strike in the mines circa 483 BC to expanding the Athenian fleet to 200 triremes, and thus laid the foundation of the Athenian naval power. The mines, which were the property of the state, were usually farmed out for a certain fixed sum and a percentage on the working; slave labour was exclusively employed. Towards the end of the 5th century the output was diminished, partly owing to the Spartan occupation of Decelea. But the mines continued to be worked, though Strabo records that in his time the tailings were being worked over, and Pausanias speaks of the mines as a thing of the past. The ancient workings, consisting of shafts and galleries for excavating the ore, and pans and other arrangements for extracting the metal, may still be seen. The mines were still worked in the early 20th century by French and Greek companies, but mainly for lead, manganese and cadmium. The population of the modern town was 10,007 in 1907. It is now connected by the new Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and Attiki Odos. The nearest town is Keratea. It used to have a nearby train station but the line was abandoned in the mid-20th century. The mining town of Laurium, Michigan was named after the famous Greek Laurium.
Lavrion is a small town located about 60 km south east of Athens and a sea port to most of the Cycladic islands.
It was famous in Classical antiquity for silver mining, which was one of the chief sources of revenue of the Athenian state. The metallic silver was mainly used for coinage.
Visit the Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park (LTCP), which is a body of scientific research, education, business and culture. Founded in place of the old French Mining Company of Lavrion in 1992, as a result of the initiative undertaken from the National Technical University of Athens.
The LTCP area is a unique monument of industrial architecture and archeology and placed him in a series of housing facilities for business and research excellence.
There are many modern shops in the retail area of Lavrion and prices are reasonable. You will also find near the old port, sellers of fresh fish early in the morning from the local fishermen.
In the afternoon, Lavrion is a favourite spot for locals and young people for nearby villages, where many cafes and small bars are located. You can sit near the sea and enjoy a coffee, a sweet or some local Greek Tsipouro with a bite to eat.
- Pros:Historically important for old silver and gold mines
- Cons:Not a place you would choose for an over-night stay. No decent hotels inside the Lavrion city, even though there is a busy new port.
- In a nutshell:Do not miss seeing the Ancient ruins at Thoriko.
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