city in Greece

Patra (Greek: Πάτρα) is the third biggest Greek town. Patra is in southwest Greece on the west coast of Peloponnese. It is the capital of the prefecture of Achaea and it is the capital of the Greek "perifereia" of west Peloponnese. 171,616 lived there in 2001. The total population of Patras, including all its suburbs, is over 200,000 people. Patra is a coastal town, so it has a big port. Patra's port connects Greece with east Italian ports such as Bari, Printezi and Ancona.


Patra developed in the third century A.C.. During Roman period, Patra became an important town. In Patra Christianity arrived quite early, approximately in first century A.D. During the Middle Ages Patra wasn't a significant town. Patra developed again after the Greek liberation from the Turks, in 1830 following the Greek revolution of 1821.


The most important sight in Patra is the contemporary Bridge Rion-Antirion which links Peloponnese and Sterea Ellada. This bridge is located a short distance from Patra's center, in the district Rio. Opposite Rio is Antirio and it ends at the bridge. Other significant sights in Patra are the church of Agios Antreas and the Apollon theater. The cathedral of Agios Antreas is the third biggest churches in Greece. Patra is known of their wines, with the famous and oldest Winery in Greece: Achaia Clauss founded in 1861[1].