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Piraeus (Πειραιεύς)

Piraeus (Πειραιεύς)
"Aslan Liman" (Lion's Port)
The city of Piraeus during the medieval ages lost its ancient name and was called "Porto Leone".

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JoJo
JoJo
I've never heard it called Porto Leone. Doesn't quite seem to fit in the way I remember it:) Piraeus is much preferred...
9 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Dear JoJo, in 1318 Piraeus it became "Porto Leone", this name came from the old marble lion that was located in the port, after in this place the old Town Hall (Roloi, that is The clock) was built because this old marble lion was stolen in 1688, during Fr. Morozini' s expedition against Athens, and taken to Venice where you can visit it today. But this wasn' t the unique name in this period. The Franks gave the name "Porto Draco" and with the Turks from 1456 it was "Asian Port".
9 years ago.
JoJo has replied to Demetrius Chryssikos
Thank you for explaining all this. Why can't Piraeus get back the marble lion from Venice?
9 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Exactly the same kind like the Elgin Marbles (Parthenon) of British Museum. And the Lion of Arsenal of Venice, a ancient Greek sculpture, a masterpiece, is waiting for decisions that never comes...
9 years ago.