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Phaleron

Faliro (Ancient Greek: Φάληρον, Phálēron; Modern Greek: Φάληρο, Fáliro; Latin: Phaleron and Phalerum) is a seaside suburb 8 km southwest of downtown Athens. There are two communities sharing the name: Palaio (Old) and Neo (New) Faliro. Palaio Faliro is a municipality, whereas Neo Faliro is part of the town of Piraeus. Although the two communities mark the northwestern and southwestern ends of the namesake Bay, they are not contiguous.

The sandy bay in the southwest, named Phaleron Bay, is lined near Poseidonos Avenue. It was the major port of Athens before Themistocles had the three rocky natural harbours by the promontory of Piraeus developed as alternative, starting from 491 BC.

Olympic venues for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games are located near the Saronic shoreline. Faliron is the resting place of the museum ship Averof, famous for action during the First Balkan War and for escaping during the battle of Greece during World War II to British-controlled Egypt.

Diogenes Laertius says that Musaeus died in Phalerum.[1]

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Coordinates: 37°56′02″N 23°41′07″E / 37.933883°N 23.685237°E / 37.933883; 23.685237

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