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Koroni: Motherland to the Koroneiki Olive!

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, Gastronomy, Travel

Koroni: Motherland to the Koroneiki Olive! Koroni is a town that was founded in ancient times, is the motherlands to one of Greece’s better known olive varieties, the “Koroneiki”, and a launching site for Russian meteorological rockets, from 1972 to 1989! Koroni (or Corone) is in the municipal unit of Pylos-Nestoras, one of the 6 municipalities of the regional unit of Messinia in the Peloponnese. It is nestled in a hill, below the impressive Venetian Castle of Koroni, to the southeast of the Messenian Gulf. Along with its counterpart, the town of Methoni with its own castle, the towns were of prominent…

Mount Athos: The Holy Land of Greece

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Mount Athos: The Holy Land of Greece The heart of Byzantine splendor still beats on the steep slopes of Mount Athos. The “Holy Mountain” and the “Garden of the Virgin Mary” are some of the names given to Mount Athos over the years, a place which the Virgin Mary had chosen to be her garden on earth. In antiquity the entire region was called Ακτή (shore), and according to legend, the sea god Poseidon once killed a giant named Athos here using a massive piece of stone; the deceased’s name then given to the whole peninsula.   Mount Athos lies…

The Modern Saints of Greece

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

The Modern Saints of Greece According to the Greek Orthodox Church, the only true “saint” or holy one (Agios) is God himself. An individual who is sainted is bestowed this honor by their efforts in life to become part of the all holiness.   Often when we think of saints, our thoughts go to a time long ago – Saints Peter, Paul, John and others who were sainted for their role in spreading Christianity in its early days. As well as the Apostles, there are also saints who were prophets, martyrs, monastics and others who lead model lives.   But…

Dionysius of Zakyanthos

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

Dionysius of Zakyanthos Saint Dionysius of Zakynthos is a profound figure of the Greek Orthodox Church. He followed a humble and spiritual path in life that later saw the recognition of his sainthood and the miraculous preservation of his body. Life Saint Dionysius was born in 1547 to a wealthy family who provided him with theological education and the knowledge of several foreign languages that enhanced his distinguished intellect and spirituality.   After the death of his parents, at the age of 20, he decided to devote his life to God, become a monk and lead an ascetic life. In 1560 he…

Saint Anthimos of Chios

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Museums, Travel

Saint Anthimos of Chios In our home, we have a photograph of Saint Anthimos of Chios. That’s right, a photograph. We also have icons of the blessed Saint. But the photograph to me always made so much more of an impression, it was so much more personal, as if I could reach out and kiss his hand, just as my grandmother, and even my father, had done only decades ago. The saints I learned about growing up where sainted almost two thousand years ago, but Saint Anthimos, was canonized not even 25 years ago…   Born Argyrios Vagianos on the…

Markos Kampanis: A Man of Many Talents

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture

Markos Kampanis: A Man of Many Talents To say Markos Kampanis is a painter of great talent, is a sheer understatement. Kampanis is an artist with skill in many fields, printmaking, book illustrations, church murals and icons – his portfolio is vast and diverse. His work has been shown throughout Greece and also graces the walls of many holy institutions, including a number of monasteries of Mount Athos.   This autumn season, Politismos is proud to present an exhibit curated by Markos Kampanis. We had an opportunity talk with him before the release to learn a bit more about this…

Becky Yerocostas: Inspiring Young Hellenes

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

Becky Yerocostas: Inspiring Young Hellenes Socrates said, “Anyone can be a Hellene, by their heart, their mind, their spirit.” For years now, Becky Yerocostas has been creating and inspiring young “Hellenes.” First as a Greek School teacher in her local church community, and now she has expanded her influence, sharing Greek history, culture and tradition with young scholars in Northern California.   Q.Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am the proud mother of four wonderful children, and a teacher who is very passionate about my heritage. First, I was a teacher, and then I became the Director of the…

St. Nektarios: The Saint of the 20th Century

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

St. Nektarios: The Saint of the 20th Century Teacher, writer, reverend father…. Saint Nektarios tended and cared for those who heeded his teachings, and even those who did not. Though he lived a life faced with many challenges, the Church today reveres his life and many contributions.   If asked what St. Nektarios means to me, I would answer much more than just the fact that we have the same name…   Born as a premature baby, weighing just a bit over three pounds, I was critically ill, and my parents prayed. They prayed and promised to name me after…

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….

The Museums of Lefkada

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

The Museums of Lefkada    Looking to discover the cultural treasures of Lefkada?  Visitors will find a treasure trove of museums and cultural centers on this beautiful Ionian gem…    Archaeological Museum of Lefkada  Looking to discover the cultural treasures of Lefkada? Then, the first stop in your treasure hunt should be the Archaeological Museum of Lefkada, housed on the first floor of the mansion of the old town hall, together with the Cultural Centre of the municipality. The museum shows the evolution of the island through the ages by way of presenting findings from the Palaeolithic Age (200.000-35.000 BCE) until the…