Palaio Faliro

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Palaio Faliro
Παλαιό Φάληρο
Averof ship museum
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
Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit South Athens
Government
 • Mayor Dionysios Chatzidakis (ND)
Area
 • Municipality 4.574 km2 (1.766 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 64,021
 • Municipality density 14,000/km2 (36,000/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 175 xx
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration Z
Website www.palaiofaliro.gr

Palaio Faliro (Greek: Παλαιό Φάληρο, []; Katharevousa: Paleon Faliron, Παλαιόν Φάληρον, meaning "Old Phalerum" ) is a coastal suburb 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 neighbourhoods of Palaio Faliro are Amfithea, Batis, Edem, Panagitsa, Floisvos, Palmyra, Pikrodafni, Agia Varvara and Kopsachila.

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]

During the 2000's, especially during the Summer Olympics 2004, Palaio Faliro saw major improvements in its infrastructure, such as the establishment of the Tram Line 3 that serves the southern coastal area of Athens.

Transport[edit]

The main avenues of Palaio Faliro are the seaside Poseidonos Avenue, which connects it with the city and port of Piraeus and the southern suburbs, and the Andrea Syngrou Avenue respectively, which connects Palaio Faliro with the city centre of Athens. Palaio Faliro is served by the Athens Tram and by its Bus system. Palaio Faliro has a direct connection to the Athens International Airport via its express bus line X96.

Landmarks[edit]

  • Cultural Centre of Palaio Faliro
  • Marina of Flisvos
View of the Marina of Flisvos and its Yachts

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. Palaio Faliro is also home to its professional basketball club Paleo Faliro B.C., which is currently in the Greek Second Division.

Historical population[edit]

Paleo Faliro municipality
Year Population
1920 2.245
1928 7.110
1940 8.302
1951 12.894
1961 22.157
1971 35.066
1981 53.273
1991 61.371
2001 64.759
2011 64.021

Notable People and Residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ Ekathimerini English edition at the Wayback Machine (archived March 5, 2005)

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