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Regeneration of Iconic Faliro Bay in Athens Gets Green light

Faliro Bay
Illustration of how the Faliro Bay will look like in the future. Credit.

The complete regeneration of Athens’ riviera in the Faliro region is going according to plan, as the regional governor of Attica George Patoulis issued a statement recently about the progress of the project.

The Faliro Regeneration Program is part of the Public Investment Program 2021 of Greece and the procedures for their immediate implementation are underway, in the framework of the 2nd Phase of the Regeneration. The project is expected to cost approximately 200 million euros and it is still unclear when it will be finished.

The Faliro Regeneration Program

The main pillars of the Faliro regeneration program are the promotion of nature, science, culture, and sports. The project will contribute to the environmental and aesthetic upgrade of the area as well as to the improvement of the quality of life. It will also provide green spaces and access to Faliro Bay.

According to Renzo Piano, the architect who is responsible for the project, the development of the Faliro Coast area will re-establish continuity between the city and the sea in accordance with the Cultural Center S. Niarchos facilities, which include Greece’s National Opera, national Library and a Cultural / Educational Park.

The development of the area includes the:
• Tourist development (beach, artificial lakes, recreation areas, ecological park etc)
• Facilities and installations (Pavillions, open cinema, Exhibition facilities, underground small buildings, etc)
• Marine works (wharves, piers works, artificial beach etc)
• Infrastructure works (roads, bridges etc)

What is Faliro Bay

Faliro, also known as Phalerum was a port of Ancient Athens, 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest of the Acropolis of Athens, on a bay of the Saronic Gulf. The bay is also referred to as Bay of Phalerum.

The area of Phalerum is now occupied by the towns Palaio Faliro, Kallithea, Moschato and Neo Faliro, all of which are part of the Athens agglomeration.

Phalerum was the major port of Athens before Themistocles had the three rocky natural harbors by the promontory of Piraeus developed as an alternative, from 491 BC. It was said that Menestheus set sail with his fleet to Troy from Phalerum, as so did Theseus when he sailed to Crete after the death of Androgeus.

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