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Patras,

Greece: see PátraiPátrai
or Patras
, Lat. Patrae, city (1991 pop. 153,344), capital of Akhaía prefecture, central Greece, in the Peloponnesus. It is a port on the Gulf of Pátrai, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Ionian Sea.
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Patras

a port in W Greece, in the NW Peloponnese on the Gulf of Patras (an inlet of the Ionian Sea): one of the richest cities in Greece until the 3rd century bc; under Turkish rule from 1458 to 1687 and from 1715 until the War of Greek Independence, which began here in 1821. Pop.: 193 000 (2005 est.)