Moschato (Greek, Modern: Μοσχάτο, Ancient/Katharevousa: Μοσχάτον), is a suburb in the south southern part of Athens, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Moschato-Tavros, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.
Phaleron Bay lies to the south in which between 2002 and 2004 extended land. The city is linked by the Poseidonos Avenue (GR-89 to the west and the superhighway GR-1/E75, GR-8/E94 for northbound lanes which now has easy access to the Peloponnese. Syngrou Avenue is accessed in the southeast. It is also located W of Athens, WNW of Syngrou Avenue, NW of Vouliagmeni, E of Piraeus and SE of Kifissou Avenue. The Cephissus river lies to the west and now flows underneath the superhighway. Another stream which has been known since the ancient times, Ilissos, lies to the east and borders with Kallithea.
The area was formerly made up of farmlands; mixed farming was common, i.e. vegetables and grapes. Urban development replaced much of the farmland in the 1920s and the 1930s, and today, most of the municipality is urbanized or residential. The industrial area lies to the north, and most of the industrial buildings and businesses, along with shopping outlets, are aligned within Poseidonos Avenue and other main streets: Makrygianni Avenue and Chrysostomou Smyrnis Street, which connect the metro station with Posseidonos Avenue. Moschato is linked with the ISAP (Green line metro station) named the Moschato station, as well as with the new Athens Tram on Line 1. Moschato has a number of facilities which were used for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Moschato ISAP station
Moschato are connected with several transit routes that buses run:
914 Omonoia - Lachanagora - Palaia Kokkynia (circular)
860 Palaio Galiro - Schisto Keratsini
229 Piraeus - Agios Dimitrios (Dafni station)
217 Piraeus - Agios Dimitrios (Dafni station)
101 Piraeus - Alimos - Elliniko
B1 Piraeus - Ano Glyfada
500 Piraeus - Kifissia
130 Piraeus - Nea Smyrni (circular)
049 Piraeus - Omonoia
040 Piraeus - Syntagma
232 Piraeus - Ymittos - Vyronas
218 Piraeus - Ymittos - Ilioupoli
C1 Piraeus - Lake Vouliagmeni
420 Piraeus - Agioi Anargyroi (via Kifissou)
A1 Piraeus - Voula
ISAP TRAIN - Athens - Piraeus TRAM LINE - Piraeus- Athens - Glyfada
Moschato has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, banks, a post office and 2 main squares (plateies): The "Old Square" on Makrygianni Avenue by the cathedral of "Metamorfosis tou Sotiros" (Holy Transfiguration) and the "New Square" in front of the City Hall on Korai Street. The local fair is held on 6 August every year, festivities starting from the 5th , when the cathedral of Aghia Sotira (Our Christ Saviour) has its religious holiday.
Moschato is also known for its Carnival celebrations held every year approximately two weeks before Clean Monday (Kathara Deytera). Festivities for all ages are held throughout the town and more specific at the Tent (Tenta) that the municipal puts up at the Korai Str. square. Delegations from many cities across Greece as well as foreign communities take part in this two week festivity. Teenagers have the opportunity to take part in a large Treasure/Scavenger Hunt (Kinigi toy Chamenou Thisavrou) which takes place in all of Moschato and lasts for the entire two weeks, engaging into games, singing contests, city wide treasure hunts, mascarade competitions and with the chance of winning prizes, trips and many other gifts.
^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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