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Patras is the third largest urban area of Greece and the regional capital of West Greece, 215 km west of Athens. The city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras. Patras has a population of around 200,000.
Patras' core settlement has a history spanning four millennia, in the Roman period it had become a cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean whilst, according to Christian tradition, it was also the place of Saint Andrew's martyrdom. 
The church of Saint Andrew ( the second largest temple of byzantine style in Balkans), the Achaia Clauss (wine industry and tasting center), Patras Archaeological Museum (exhibits the history of Patras from the prehistoric era to the late Roman period) and Rio-Antirio bridge (connects Patras' easternmost suburb of Rio to the town of Antirio, connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece) are some of the sites that will certainly draw your attention

                          
 



Patras Carnival is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. It is not a single event but a variety of events that includes balls, parades, hunting of hidden treasure, kid's carnival etc.  

Patras is one of the Greek cities that never sleeps. Spend your days exploring Patras and at night visit the bars, clubs, restaurants. 

Furthermore, Patras is a bustling student city. University of Patras is located in the Municipality of Patras in the are of Rion. Rion spreads 8km Northeast of the city of Patras on the ornament of Rio. The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 11th of November in 1964 as a self-administered academic institution under the supervision of the Greek Government. It was established primarily with the intention to concentrate on science, technology, economics, business administration and social sciences. University of Patras id the third largest University in Greece concerning the size of students potential, the faculty members, administrative personnel, number of department and accredited students titles. Patras' University includes 22 departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, which operate 112 laboratories and 14 clinic fully equipped. It has 21,200 undergraduate and 3,260 postgraduate students. It enumerates 754 of faculty members, 238 of teaching staff and 481 administrative personnel. 

Besides its distinguished path in education, the University of Patras has made excellence in the fields of basic and applied research. The University of Patras has acquired international prominence for pioneering and wide ranging research in areas such as Environment, Health, Biotechnology, Mechanics, Electronics, Informatics and basic science. A number of its Departments, Laboratories and Clinics have been designated as Centers of Excellence, on the basis of international assessment. The University of Patras has a reputation for quality and innovative research and presents an effective participation in a plethora of research projects, scientific organizations, and research groups.

 

Patras, Greece

University of Patras