Located on a metalliferous land, it was a vibrant centre of mining and metallurgical activities in antiquity until the late first century BCE, when operations ceased and the area was abandoned.

Thus, in 1865 the first Franco-Italian mining-metallurgical company, Roux-Serpieri-Fressynet C.E., was established which would soon be divided into two separate companies due to a fierce clash with the Greek government over the control of the ancient mining dumps (the infamous Lavreotiki Affair).

Thus, the ensuing activities of both the Greek Lavrion Metallurgical Company and the French Lavrion Mining Company (Compagnie Françaisedes Mines du Laurium) would influence the growth and architecture of the first centre of heavy industry in Greece, a genuine European port of high traffic and one of the most significant metallurgical centres worldwide. With the metallurgical industry waning at the end of the 20th century, the town has been exploring new possibilities, building upon its cultural and industrial heritage.

Museums, buildings of historical and architectural value and monuments of industrial history are found scattered around town, inviting you to discover the fascinating history of this small town. This does not mean that you are in for an 'educational' trip, if you decide to visit Lavrion. This lively coastal town, offers ample opportunities for relaxation, swimming, good food, entertainment and activities, such as hiking or diving.

Neighbourhoods and buildings

The architectural and housing development of Lavrion was largely influenced by its once blooming mining and metallurgical industry. Industrial buildings and facilities were evidently built to accommodate the needs of the companies that operated in the area in addition to the housing of their personnel. In addition, the ensuing economic growth prompted the construction of various elaborate buildings to cater for the religious, cultural and other needs of a flourishing community. Thus, the character of contemporary Lavrion, determined also by more recent interventions, is interestingly blended, with elements echoing its vivid industrial past.

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In the 19th century, numerous buildings of the popular then neoclassical style were built, among which many survive until today. A representative example is the Euterpe building located on the edge of the palm tree park. Named after the Philharmonic Orchestra it was built to house upon an initiative undertaken by the high-ranking executives of the French Mining Company, it also served as a performance space for theatre and dance. The neoclassical building of Euterpe, boasting portraits of Sophocles, Orpheus, Mozart, and Verdi on its weathered ceilings, co-exists harmoniously with the rest of the buildings in the quarter of Kyprianos, including two impressive churches: the Orthodox Church of Evagelistria and the Catholic Church of Saint Barbara. In the latter, which constitutes a successful combination of gothic and neoclassical elements, you can admire the exceptional wall paintings dedicated by the Seprieris.

The influence of neoclassicism is also evident on the old Town Hall building, which is located at the central square of the town. It is an austere building with its cubic layout interrupted by a distinctive balcony in the façade, standing on which the Greek Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos addressed residents of Lavrion in 1929 in an effort to promote a solution that would put an end to the strike of the mining workers. A few meters away lies the town's famous market (known as Psaradika). Built in 1885 by the Greek Metallurgical Company, the p-shaped construction of neoclassical style still constitutes the gastronomic heart of Lavrion with its numerous shops selling fish and meat as well as taverns and restaurants.

Another typical example of neoclassical architecture is the building of the Philomouses (music lovers) Association, also built by the Greek Metallurgical Company to house the town's Philharmonic Orchestra. Situated also at the central square, it constituted the second cultural centre of Lavrion, which together with Euterpe attest to the active involvement of its residents in arts.

Take the time to stroll around Lavrion so as to admire all the neighbourhoods and beautiful buildings that stand as a reminder of the town's significant industrial past. The development of this town is intrinsically linked with the mining industry and remnants are scattered literally everywhere, waiting to be discovered.


Athens Virtual Tour


Athens Virtual Tour



Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour


Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour


Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour


Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour


A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour


Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour


Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour


Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour