Palaio Faliro

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Palaio Faliro
Παλαιό Φάληρο
Averof ship museum
Averof ship museum
Location
Palaio Faliro is located in Greece
Palaio Faliro
Palaio Faliro
Coordinates 37°56′N 23°42′E / 37.933°N 23.700°E / 37.933; 23.700Coordinates: 37°56′N 23°42′E / 37.933°N 23.700°E / 37.933; 23.700
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Attica
Regional unit: South Athens
Mayor: Dionysios Chatzidakis  (ND)
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipality
 - Population: 64,021
 - Area: 4.574 km2 (2 sq mi)
 - Density: 13,997 /km2 (36,251 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (min-max): 0–10 m ­(0–33 ft)
Postal code: 175 xx
Telephone: 210
Auto: Z
Website
www.palaiofaliro.gr

Palaio Faliro (Greek: Παλαιό Φάληρο, meaning "Old Phalerum") is a seaside town and a municipality in the southern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. At the 2011 census it had 64,021 inhabitants.[1]

Geography[edit]

Palaio Faliro is situated on the east coast of the Phalerum Bay, a bay of the Saronic Gulf, 6 km southwest of Athens city centre. It is surrounded by other suburbs of Athens: Kallithea, Nea Smyrni, Agios Dimitrios and Alimos. The Pikrodafni stream flows into sea on the border of Palaio Faliro and Alimos.

The seaside area has been redeveloped for the 2004 Summer Olympics, and now contains a seaside promenade, several sports venues, a marina and the Park of Maritime Tradition, where museum ships are exhibited. The main roads of Palaio Faliro are the seaside Poseidonos Avenue, which connects it with Piraeus and the southern suburbs, and Andrea Syngrou Avenue, which connects it with Athens city centre. Palaio Faliro is served by the Athens Tram.

The neighbourhoods of Palaio Faliro are Amfithea, Batis, Edem, Panagitsa, Floisvos, Pikrodafni, Agia Varvara and Kopsacheila.

History[edit]

Palaio Faliro takes its name from Phalerum, the main port of Ancient Athens before the port of Piraeus was developed in the 5th century BC.

In January 2005, a 1.8 m tall marble torso of a young man was found in the Pikrodafni streambed at the intersections of Pikrodafnis and Dimokratias Streets. The statue dates back to the 1st century AD, and was a copy of a 4th-century BC classical original that may depict Apollo Lykeios. It was said the statue could have been recently discovered by builders during construction work, and dumped in the streambed for fear archaeologists might stop the works if alerted to the find.[2]

Landmarks[edit]

Faliro Marina

Sports[edit]

The Scouts of Greece have a Sea Scout Group in Palaio Faliro. Palaio Faliro also has an A1 water polo team named AC Palaio Faliro. It also has a basketball team that belongs to the same club.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 53,273
1991 61,371
2001 64,759
2011 64,021

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Detailed census results 2011" (xls 2,7 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece.  (Greek)
  2. ^ Ekathimerini English edition at the Wayback Machine (archived March 5, 2005)

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