An extensive history of the Port of Piraeus can be explored online at http://www.greece.org/poseidon/work/s....  A timeline of the brief summary of that history includes the following important dates:

  • 2600 B.C. – The area which is now known as Piraeus is first inhabited by prehistoric civilizations.
  • 5th Century B.C. – The port of Piraeus becomes the official port of Ancient Greece .
  • 400 B.C. – Democracy is established in the area.
  • 395 B.C. – Goths invade the area.  It remains mostly unsettled for centuries.
  • 14th Century – The French use the port.
  • 15th Century – The Turks take over and use the port.
  • 16th Century – The Monastery of St. Spyridon is established by a small civilization living in the area.
  • 18th Century – Attempts to revitalize the area are made but fail.
  • 1829 – People begin to move in to the area in permanent settlements.
  • 1834 – A town plan for Piraeus is created.
  • 1835 – Piraeus is officially a municipality.
  • Early 20th century – The area is becoming recognized as one of the most important ports in the region.
  • Mid-twentieth century – This recognition leads to development of the port and eventual tourism in the region.
  • Today – Piraeus remains an active cargo port as well as a site of tourism.