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Port city in Greece

The city of Piraeus has a history of many centuries and has, in fact, been inhabited since about 2,600 B.C. Many of its prehistoric inhabitants, such as the relatively advanced Minyens, have left their marks: the Cave of Arethusa, on the hill of Castella, and the the Syrangion, known as the "Cave of Paraskevas".' An insignificant settlement at first, one of the four known as the "Four lands of Heracleion", due to the activities of the great Themistocles - with the help of Cimon and Pericles who were to complete his work - Piraeus was to become the entrepot of Athens at about the begin- ning of the 5th century B.C. (493-483 B.C.) a safe naval port and an excellent commercial port, with excellent layout, organisation and exploitation, with beautifully constructed walls of which well-preserved traces can still be seen, public buildings, places of worship and theatres, and a well-planned lay-out.' in brief, it became a city teeming with life and was, indeed the "Commercial Heart of the Hellenes" where, in the words of Thucydides, "From all the lands, everything enters"."


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Holland America Line
May 25, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Following a series of four cruises to Greece in summer 2021, Holland America Line's Eurodam will assume the previously scheduled cruises of...
Holland America Line
May 5, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Working in close coordination with the government of Greece, Holland America Line has received approval to restart cruising from Piraeus...
Holland America Line
January 14, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line has opened bookings for its 2022 Europe season that features culturally rich locales and a new combination of ships,...
The Associated Press
September 28, 2020
Greek authorities say 12 crew members of a Maltese-flagged cruise ship on a Greek island tour with more than 1,500 people on board have tested positive to the coronavirus and have been isolated on board.
Reuters Editorial
November 11, 2019
China and Greece agreed on Monday to push ahead with a 600 million euros investment by COSCO Shipping into Greece's largest port, Piraeus, as part of efforts to boost its role as a hub in rapidly growing trade between Asia and Europe.


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