Reports say that the ancient town of Lavrio in southeast Attica will be home to a Microsoft Data Center as part of the tech giant’s one billion euro ($1.17 billion) investment in Greece which was announced in early October.
During a forum titled “50 Smart Cities – Digital Citizens,” Dimitris Loukas, the mayor of the Lavrio region, announced that an empty textile factory in the town would be transformed into the new Microsoft Data Center.
Loukas has also hinted at other empty factories in the area as potential locations for more Data Centers.
The arrival of the Data Center, one of the first in Europe, means that Greece will have access to Microsoft’s cloud network, as well as faster and more efficient computing and digital services.
This is part of the “GR for GRowth” project, which aims to increase Greece’s digital services for all citizens. This involves a substantial investment on the part of Microsoft, as well as the company’s commitment to provide the necessary technological training to over 100,000 Greeks by the year 2025.
In antiquity, Lavrio was famed for its rich silver mines, which are some of the oldest in the world. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of mining in the area dating back to the year 3,200 BC.
It was from these silver resources that Athens obtained much of its wealth in the Classical Period, wealth that went on to fund their massive fleet of 200 triremes, allowing Athens to become the greatest naval power in the ancient world.