Patra Square Of King George I Neighbourhood
King George I Square in Patra Greece: The square of King George I is the centre of Patra. This is where most of the activities and shopping are concentrated. It is an ample square with two fountains on the north and the southern side. Both fountains have statues inspired by Greek mythology.
Around the square, there are many modern and Neoclassical buildings, among which the Apollo Theatre and the National Bank of Greece. Many cafeterias and fast-food restaurants surround this beautiful square.
This square was designed to be the centre of Patra according to the plans of architect Stamatis Voulgaris in the middle of the 19th century. Its original name was Otto Square to honor the first king of Greece. Then it changed its name to National Square and finally to King George I Square in 1875, when George I became king of Greece.
In the 19th and the 20th century, this is where all public events and open balls were held in Patra. Today, this is also where demonstrations and carnival events take place.