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Amalia: A Queen’s Pattern for Greek Fashion

04.11.2021 in Arts & Culture

Amalia: A Queen’s Pattern for Greek Fashion In 1837, when Queen Amalia arrived from Bavaria to the new capital of the Greek State, she found the city of Athens to resemble an Ottoman province. 400 years of Turkish occupation had left a deep impact in Athenian society, and most definitely on Greek fashion. The Queen, though, was enthralled with the fashion of her time. A wise woman, she realized that must approach her “odd” new subjects in a tangible way: fashion. She created a romantic folklore costume.The ensemble was acknowledged in history as   “the Amalia costume” and today is acknowledged…

Evzone: Threading in Greek Valiance

04.11.2021 in Arts & Culture

Evzone: Threading in Greek Valiance   The Evzones are a special unit of the Greek Army. For over a century, they have been the most recognizable symbol of the Greek Presidential Guard.   The image of the Evzone is deeply significant to the Greek people. They stand as a symbol of national pride, as well as triumph over great tribulations. Hundreds of thousands of people have come from around the world to watch as Evzones stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square.   The word evzonas (Greek: εύζωνας) means “well-girt” and was first mentioned in…

The Athens Partnership – Innovation Abounds

15.08.2018 in Arts & Culture

The Athens Partnership – Innovation Abounds! Athens is an amazing city and it also has tremendous potential for advancement. It has energetic citizens, advanced educational institutions and an innovative private sector. But the city’s assets do not always come together in meaningful ways. The Athens Partnership was created to bring together the resources and expertise of the public and private sectors to address priority, public needs.   The Athens Partnership is a transparent and accountable nonprofit organization, designed to serve a unique role and benefit Athens residents. Mayor Georgios Kaminis has been the biggest advocate of the Partnership and it…

Pancretan Association of America

15.06.2017 in History

The Pancretan Association of America celebrates 88 years! This July, the Pancretan Association will celebrate its 45th National Convention and 88th year. One of the largest and oldest societies in North America, the PAA, since its inception has continuously supported: Education, Culture, Church and Philanthropy. This history is reprinted with permission of the Pancretan Association Archives. Since ancient times, the Greeks had always wished to emigrate to foreign countries in an effort to find a better life. Looking back on history, we see that the Greeks, through their massive emigration, had created colonies where Greek was the only language spoken,…

Recalling the Polytechnic

06.11.2016 in History

Recalling the Polytechnic… The following article appeared in the “Athens News” in November 2012, the 39th anniversary of the 1973 Polytechnic revolt. Our gratitude goes to Damian Mac Con Uladh for his permission to reprint his piece in commemoration of those fought for freedom during the events of November 1973. The “Athens News”, an English language newspaper published in Greece, was founded in 1952. It was the first Greek newspaper published online. In 2013, the “Athens News”, unable to survive the economic crisis in Greece, closed its doors. It’s November 17, 2012, the 39th anniversary of the bloody suppression of…

Onassis Foundation Legacy

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

Onassis Foundation Legacy   Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre (OCSC)   The first of the big projects envisioned and brought to completion by the Onassis Foundation Board of Directors was the OCSC; completed in 1992. It is a model, ultra-modern hospital, whose cost at the time amounted to more than $75,000,000 (estimated at €150,000,000 in today’s prices).   The 127-bed capacity hospital is designed in accordance with the modern architectural principles and technical specifications applicable to all large hospitals.    By the end of 2015 the hospital had admitted more than 350,000 patients and about 1,500,000 outpatient consultations and diagnostic tests had been logged….