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The name of the marina (Passalimani) dates back to the era of the Ottoman rule.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Passalimani offers a very beautiful walk by the sea, similar to an island landscape. We can also see a part of the ancient walls and the Ship- Sheds, which hosted 372 triremes in antiquity. We can see them in the water and the basement of some buildings. The name of this natural harbour (the port of Pasha) dates from the Ottoman period, while in antiquity it was called Zea. Today, by “Zea Marina” we mean a smaller marina within Passalimani which is in front of the Maritime Museum. There are important listed buildings around, such as the Feraldi-Strigou house, which today houses the Ekaterini Laskaridis Foundation. Other interesting mansions are the Tzivaniottis house (Stone Tower) and the Meletopoulos house.

What I can't see

During antiquity, the harbour of Zea had mainly military use, instead of commercial or passenger use like Kantharos port (today’s harbour). In classical period, ports were controlled by towers, and in case of danger it was possible for them to be blocked with chains. At the 2 ends of this small harbour there are still the foundations of the entrance towers of the 5th century BC. Apart from the Ship-Sheds, in the same area there is the Philon’s Arsenal. Before the renovation works in the 1960s, Passalimani was a large circular walk with many cafes, baths, theatres, taverns, sports grounds and cinemas.


  • Address: Moutsopoulou coast


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