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Visiting Meteora

Visiting Meteora

Published: 2017-11-01

  The name Meteora means "elevated" and "hanging in the air". It is a vertical rock formation in central Greece near the town of Kalambaka. It is often compared to the Mount Athos as it is hosting a large complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Since the 11th century Meteora was occupied by monks. They increased during the 14th century as Turks invaded Greece. The ... read more

Draconian Measures

Draconian Measures

Published: 2017-10-29

The phrase “draconian” is used in several languages meaning “harsh”. In Greece, the phrase is “δρακόντεια μέτρα” meaning “very hard measures”. All these refer to the first Athenian lawmaker Draco. Draco established the first legal code during the 39th Olympiad, in 622 BC. Before that laws were oral and applied by common people. He was a very respectable man and was chosen to deliver a whiten code of democratic laws. Athenians ... read more

The Celebration of

The Celebration of "OXI DAY"

Published: 2017-10-23

  “ΌΧΙ DAY” is celebrated throughout Greece and Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28th October each year. “ΌΧΙ” means “NO” in Greek. On this day, the Greeks celebrate the proud and loud“NO” that was delivered to the Italian ultimatum to occupy Greece. The Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas rejected Benito Mussolini’s offer to cooperate with the German-Italian forces responsible for the World War II. The ultimatum was presented to ... read more

The magic of the ancient theater of Epidaurus

The magic of the ancient theater of Epidaurus

Published: 2017-10-11

The ancient theater of Epidaurus is located in Epidaurus, in the Peloponnese Peninsula. The theater is part of an ancient sanctuary that was dedicated to the god of medicine Asclepius, and was built from donations of people who came to Asklepio to receive healing and experience miracles. While they were there, they were accommodated in guest houses and entertained in the famous theater. The theater of Epidaurus was designed and constructed by the ... read more

The Hymn to Liberty

The Hymn to Liberty

Published: 2017-10-09

  The Greek National Anthem is known as the “Hymn to Liberty”. It is also the national anthem of Cyprus. It is played during official occasions and sporting events. It has a special place during the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. It was written by the famous poet Dionysios Solomos in Zakynthos, in 1823. Solomos who is considered our national poet was born and raised in Zakyntos, but his family originated from ... read more

the Greek Flag

the Greek Flag

Published: 2017-10-07

  Every Greek’s heart fills with pride in the sight of our nation’s flag. Greeks call it “η γαλανόλευκη” which means “the white and blue” and reminds us of our deep connection to the sea. But did you know that the Greek flag as we know it was made official by the Greek government on December 28,1978? Prior to that people used several versions of the blue and white flag with a ... read more

“The Summer Easter” August 15th

“The Summer Easter” August 15th

Published: 2017-08-14

August 15th is one of the biggest public holidays in Greece. Orthodox Christians all over the country celebrate “the Dormition of Virgin Mary”. This day is known as “the summer Easter”. Thousands of people fast and attend religious services throughout the country. Virgin Mary is a holy figure for all Christianity as she is the only holy person that has resurrected after Christ and, thus, reunited with her Holy Son. Greeks ... read more

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games

Published: 2017-07-06

Ancient Greeks began the tradition of hosting Olympic Games in 776 B.C. to honor the Gods of Olympus. The games took place every fourth year and were a time of truce and unity. They featured the best athletes. The winners were awarded with an olive branch and a lifetime honor. The tradition died out in the 5th century A.D. but revived in 1896 in Athens .Greece had again the honor of ... read more