The emblematic building of neoclassical architecture on Iroon Polytechniou Street that houses the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus.
Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )
1884 Start of construction with projects of Ioannis Lazarimos.
1895 Completion of construction.
1958 The facade windows were converted into niches.
2013 Completion of recent restoration.
Ottoman era (1453- 1821)
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
The Municipal Theatre of Piraeus is one of the most important neoclassical buildings of Greece and the 19th century. It is perfectly symmetrical, 34 metres long and 45 metres wide. The facade has a Corinthian portico with a pediment. The columns are not carved and do not have the typical ridges for fear of getting too thin and static problems occur. Above the roof, there is an elevation, crowned with a pediment.
What I can't see
The interior of the building is also distinguished. The main hall has a 1,300 seat capacity. It is of Italian style, shaped like a horseshoe, with four levels of boxes and balconies. The scene is ornate and its dimensions are 20×14 metres. The hemispherical internal dome and the roof of the theatre were a difficult task for the time, which is why they were built by experienced ship carpenters. The theatre has hosted a wide range of theatre and dance performances and previously housed the city library and art gallery of Piraeus. Due to problems caused by earthquakes, it remained closed for 14 years. The recent inauguration was as brilliant as its original one in 1895. An unusual as well as promising fact is that it was constructed during a time and an area of few residents and few intellectuals. Why does the facade face the hill and not the sea? We are at the time when the bourgeoisie of Piraeus wanted to “turn their backs” on the polluting and noisy activities of the port and “set up” a new centre.
- Address: Iroon Polytexniou & V. Georgiou A Av.
Last visit 27/10/2013
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Mpelavilas N., (2021), Ιστορία της πόλης του Πειραιά, 19ος και 20ος αιώνας, [The History of the City of Piraeus, 19th and 20th centuries], Alexandria Publication