The Floating Naval Museum Battleship "Georgios Averof" in Athens: The Averof Warship is probably the most impressive surviving naval vessel of the Hellenic Navy. It is a floating museum and one of the most unique ones in Greece's capital.
It was constructed at the Orlando Shipyards, in Livorno Italy, and was partly paid with the will of Georgios Averof, a major Greek benefactor. The rest of the amount was covered with a loan that Greece receives from foreign countries.
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The Averof warship was launched in 1911 and remained active for more than 40 years. It is connected with major moments of Greek history, since it took part in four different wars - the two Balkan Wars, and the two World Wars - and was the leadership of the Hellenic Navy, winning many battles against the enemies.
Note that the Averof battleship defeated the Turkish fleet which would navigate in the Aegean Sea in the First Balkan War. It also sailed to Constantinople at the end of World War I and showed the Greek flag.
Moreover, it carried the Greek troops on the Turkish coast to win Asia Minor back and transferred the exiled Greek government from Egypt back to Athens, when World War II ended.
In 1952, the Averof warship was withdrawn and moored in the dockyards of Poros. Some decades later, in 1984, it was decided that the ship would turn into a museum and works of restoration started.
Today, the Averof warship is moored near Flisvos Marina in Paleo Faliro, a few minutes from the center of Athens. It serves as a museum that honors all Greeks who died in sea fights in order to defend their country.
There, visitors can get historical information on the Hellenic Navy and technical information on navigation.
The museum also organizes exhibitions and seminars with themes related to Greek or international nautical history.
There are many ways to reach the Averof Museum from any location in Athens.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: (0030) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.
Car rental: There is the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Averof Museum and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.
By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is "Oulen". Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.
By tram: The closest tram stop is Trokantero (Route 7, Aghia Triada-Asklepieio Voulas). Get a map of the tram here.