2021 is a highly symbolic year for Greece as it marks the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the country’s Independence War against the Ottoman rule in 1821. “Greece 2021” the coordinating Committee responsible for the organizati…

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Holidays and rituals seem to have always been a universal aspect of the human experience, almost inextricably linked to being part of a community, an organised society and, eventually, a culture. In the Western world, calendars and festive days have…

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The Carols (called “kalanda” in Greek) are performed mostly by young children in their respective neighborhoods, or the homes of friends and relatives, spreading hope and joy; the children are usually rewarded by their parents (or th…

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Chestnuts and the Greek winter are almost synonymous. In fact, a winter sight most loved and ever so familiar to Greeks - one that has inspired painters, novelists and song makers - is the sight of the chestnut-seller (“kastanás&rdq…

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Katina Paxinou (1900-1973) was a legendary stage star, one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece in 1932 and the only Greek so far to have received an Academy Award as an actor, which she won for her first performance in a feature…

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Restoration works have been completed on the small round 19th-century chapel of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) Thon, situated near the junction of Alexandras and Kifissias avenues in the Greek capital.

The small rotunda, which had suffered much damage…

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Towering, majestic, and beautiful. Mountains are some of the most fascinating structures of nature and home to 15% of the world´s population. The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day” wh…

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Mordechai Frizis was a Greek-Jewish military officer who served in both World Wars and the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922; he died on 5 December 1940, becoming the first senior officer of the Greek Army to be killed in action in the battlefield…

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Sophia Laskaridou (1882 - 13 November 1965) was a Greek painter, predominantly known as an impressionist. She made history as the first woman to be accepted at the Athens School of Fine Arts. 55 years after her death, she remains largely unknown to t…

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The Athens War Museum is located at the junction of Vasilissis Sofias Avenue and Rizari Street, in the centre of the town. Initially, the building was intended to host the National Gallery, but in 1964 it was decided to establish a War Museum in orde…

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