The European Schools Newspaper April issue - Page 4

The European Schools Newspaper, Issue No 3, 47th Primary School of Piraeus Mikrolimano belongs to the district of Castella and was used as a war port in ancient times. These days, it is one of the finest points of Piraeus with amphitheatrically built homes, swaying yachts, fishing boats and numerous dining and entertainment options all reminding of summer island living. The coastal area of Neo Faliro has been upgraded and is also prominent due to the Peace and Friendship stadium and the Karaiskakis stadium lying opposite one another. Both stadiums are an integral part of the Greek athletic tradition. Inaugurated in 1985, the Peace and Friendship stadium (SEF) bears similarities to the ’Arena of Milan’ and the ‘Palais of Budapest’. It has hosted major world sporting events and is the home court for the Olympiacos Basketball Club. The Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium was built in 1859 and was used in the 1896 Athens Olympic Games. Its football use began in the 1920s and it was named in memoriam of Chief General Georgios Karaiskakis who was killed in Neo Faliro during the Greek Revolution. This football-only stadium is the home for the Olympiacos Football Club. Landmarks The Municipal Theatre in downtown Piraeus was founded in 1884 and remains an impressive neo-classical building. Its construction took 10 years and it is considered one of the most important theatres in the country. Its internal layout followed the ‘Theatre d’Odeon’ of Paris. Located across from the Neo-Byzantine Piraeus cathedral of St. Constadinos and Eleni, it forms one of the most renowned landmarks of the city and a popular meeting place. 4