With the establishment of the Greek state after the 1821 revolution against the Turkish occupation, various Greek counties and villages started getting abandoned by their inhabitants who, attracted by the industrial development, gathered in the large urban centers seeking jobs and social advancement. It was then that some residents of Mani (northern Greece) chose to move to Piraeus, due to the port and its industrial and commercial growth. Piraeus soon became the place of conflict between groups of people who moved there, mainly between Maniates (former inhabitants of Mani) and Cretans, in part because of the special temperament of those groups (e.g. the famous vendetta has been an element of both local mindsets), as well as from economic conflicts. Of course all that belongs to the past, but visiting Maniatika (the area of Maniates in Piraeus) is a unique cultural experience, as the area remains an authentic place, where tradition, architecture, art and interpersonal relations have remained unaltered by modernization, tourism or other factors.
Maniatika, Piraeus, Greece