Patras is the capital of Achaia region and the largest urban centre and port of the Peloponnese. Featuring over four millennia of history, it flourished during the Roman period, when it emerged as a cosmopolitan hub in the Mediterranean. According to christian tradition, it is the martyrdom place of its patron saint Apostle Andrew.
A gateway of Greece to the West, it is a commercial centre, a major port and hub for trade and communication with Italy and other European countries. The state-of-the-art bridge “Charilaos Trikoupis”, built in 2004, connects the suburb of Patras Rio with Antirio and facilitates access between Peloponnese and mainland Greece. “Apollon” theatre, a jewel of the city in architectural terms, was built in 1872. Designed by the great German architect Ernst Ziller, it is a small-scale replica of the “La Scala” in Milan and is the oldest surviving closed theatre of modern times.
The “Apollon” theatre is the main stage of the Municipal Regional Theatre of Patras from its founding in 1988. The city recently acquired a modern Archaeological Museum, which hosts the history of Patras through 1300 exhibits, which unfold and register all aspects of human life. The city enjoys vibrant cultural life. Patras International Festival and the famous Carnival stand out.