The unknown stories of known buildings in Athens

They say that the history of a city is written in its buildings. The buildings are the witnesses of the events that took place in the history of a city. There are buildings in our city that we pass every day, stand there forever, and are part of our daily lives. Have we ever thoughtContinue reading “The unknown stories of known buildings in Athens”

Pavlopetri and Ancient Asopos – The sunken cities of Lakonia

Laconia (Λακωνία) is an area of Peloponnese with many popular destinations, wonderful beaches, unique archeological sites, Byzantine churches, picturesque villages and much more. However, few know that in Laconia there are two of the most important sunken ancient cities in Greece and probably in Europe. Both are easily accessible and the visitor could admire theirContinue reading “Pavlopetri and Ancient Asopos – The sunken cities of Lakonia”

Forgotten sculptures of Athens and their stories

Outdoor sculpture has been everywhere in cities since antiquity. Sculptures have been made and adorned public spaces, buildings and private houses. Their purpose is to remind us of important historical events or people, but they are also used for religious and decorative purposes. Some of them, although very important at the time they were made,Continue reading “Forgotten sculptures of Athens and their stories”

Revealing the secret sights of Athens

Athens is a popular tourist destination with many important sights of universal significance. In this article we are presenting 7 sights that are relatively unknown to the public and remain almost secret, although they are inextricably linked to the history of the city. Temple of Artemis Agrotera & The shadow of the old lady (ΝαόςContinue reading “Revealing the secret sights of Athens”

The amazing craters of Didyma

Didyma (Δίδυμα) is a historic village in the prefecture of Argolida in Peloponnese (Greece). Until World War II, the village was called Didymoi (Δίδυμοι), which means twins in Greek. The origin of the name is explained in two ways, first that it came from Mount Didymos or that it was adopted by the Twin CavesContinue reading “The amazing craters of Didyma”

Skyros : Like an Aegean poem

The famous Greek whiter Yiorgos Theotokas wrote when he arrived in Skyros that “each new island frees me from the things I left and yet it helps me to understand them and make them mine forever”. Skyros is a wonderful island and a place that immediately makes you feel at home. It’s one of thoseContinue reading “Skyros : Like an Aegean poem”

Lakki : A utopian Italian town on a Greek island

Leros (Λέρος)  is a wonderful and usually neglected Dodecanese island in Greece. It has a long history that starts in prehistoric times and played an important role during World War II. The Dodecanese, except Kastellorizo, was occupied by Italy during the Italo-Turkish War of 1912. Italian interest in the islands was rooted in strategic purposes and the intention toContinue reading “Lakki : A utopian Italian town on a Greek island”

Heraion – Gazing at the infinite blue

Just 100 km from the centre of Athens this is a day trip you should make at least once. This is a magic place for all seasons if you love history, the sea and the wide horizons. Before the Isthmus of Corinth follow the road to the coastal town of Loutraki and after a fewContinue reading “Heraion – Gazing at the infinite blue”

10 historic and spectacular Greek monasteries

The history of Greece is inextricably tied to the history of its monasteries. For most of the monasteries, the date of their foundation is lost in time. A monk who during his wandering found this place or a Byzantine lord who dedicated the monastery to his patron saint is among the stories you could hearContinue reading “10 historic and spectacular Greek monasteries”

Aiolou Street – Walking through Athens’ history

Aiolou is one of the most historic and characteristic streets in Athens’ centre. A walk down this pedestrian street is like walking through the city’s history and past. It starts near Omonoia square and ends in Plaka near the Roman market. Aiolou Street, named after the ancient Greek god of winds, was designed by theContinue reading “Aiolou Street – Walking through Athens’ history”