Church of Agioi Apostoloi (Church of the Holy Apostles) – Kalamata, Greece – Atlas Obscura

After the fall of the Despotate of the Morea in 1460, almost all of Greece was under Ottoman occupation. On March 23 1821, Theodoros Kolokotronis, his nephew Nikitas Stamatelopoulos (known as the “Turk Eater”), cleric Gregorios Papaflessas, and other revolutionary leaders led a revolt against the occupying Ottomans. This revolt eventually resulted in the liberation of Kalamata. After the final victory, …

Divani Palace Acropolis Fortification Wall – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

Divani Palace Acropolis Fortification Wall Athens has had numerous fortification walls around the city since ancient times. When the Second Persian War ended in 479 BC, it resulted in the destruction of most buildings, statues, and walls in and around the city. After the departure of the Persians, the citizens began planning the rebuild of the city. Athenian statesman Themistocles feared …

Free Access Policy for Greek Sites and Museums Announced

Greece’s Ministry of Culture has introduced a new policy that gives greater access to Greece’s museums and historical sites. As of 1 November 2019, people with a disability, along with their companions, will have free access across Greece. Among those also entitled to free admission are members of the Greece Chamber of Fine Arts and those of corresponding EU chambers …

Modern sculpture meets ancient Greece

A unique exhibition on the small island of Delos sparks a conversation about time A STONE’S throw from the Greek island of Mykonos lies Delos, an uninhabited islet a world away from its neighbour’s glamorous nightlife. It is there, on an island best known for its archaeological treasures, that British contemporary artist Antony Gormley is showing 29 of his sculptures. …

Experience the Athens & Epidaurus Festival!

Ηeld annually from late May till mid of August, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the oldest continuously running festival in Greece and one of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe, hosting numerous major Greek and world-famous performing artists and attracting large crowds of both local and international visitors. Today, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the foremost cultural …

Words of Wisdom from Greek Philosophers Featured in New App | GreekReporter.com

The “Greek Philosopher” app launched recently gathers more than six hundred of the most profound words of wisdom from the major schools of Greek thought — and delivers them straight to you on your mobile device. Based on original sources, this work is a compilation of carefully-selected quotes spanning from the sixth century BC to the first century AD. Thinkers …

Peristera Shipwreck off Alonissos to Become Underwater Museum – GTP Headlines

Authorities on the Northern Sporades island of Alonissos have announced plans to create an underwater museum around the 5th-century shipwreck of Peristera to be visitable through guided dives. The plan, to be run under the EU’s BlueMed program, was presented at a two-day event organized jointly by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the Thessaly Region on the management and preservation of underwater cultural …

April, 1896: The First Modern Olympics are Held in Greece | GreekReporter.com

On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, at the Panathenaic Stadium with athletes from 14 countries participating and Greek Spyros Louis winning in the marathon run. The International Olympic Committee met for the first time in Paris in June 1894 and chose Greece as the site of the inaugural modern Olympiad, appropriately since Greece …

10 places in Greece that will probably surprise you | www.telegraph.co.uk

Greece isn’t all golden beaches and cat-filled tavernas. Here are 10 attractions you wouldn’t expect.  Impressions of Switzerland The first prize for the most un-Greek experience in this country of sandy beaches, crystalline waters and sun-bleached landscapes must surely go to the Odontotos (“Toothy”) rack railway, so take a ride on a train that’s more Swiss than Greek. Running for 23km from …

Greece Seeks UNESCO Heritage Status for Spinalonga Islet (video) | GreekReporter.com

Greece’s Culture ministry submitted a nomination to UNESCO on Tuesday asking them to declare Crete’s Spinalonga islet, with its impressive sixteenth-century Venetian fortress, a new “World Heritage Site”. The Central Archaeological Council of Greece had earlier given its approval to the ministry’s management plan for the islet. Spinalonga had also served as a leper colony in the 20th century, up until …