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City of Ioannina in Greece Marks Anniversary of Liberation

The historic city of Ioannina, the capital of Epirus in northwestern Greece, marks February 21st as the day of liberation from the Ottoman Empire. "The contribution of those who fought in the historic battles to liberate the city of Ioannina...

Most Common Greek Gestures and Their Meaning

Greek people are known for their vivid expression of emotions, among which various gestures occupy a special place. A sign of gratitude or insult, agreement or question, their unique diversity in many ways reflects this vibrant culture. Knowing these gestures...

The Story Behind the First Greek Flag

The first Greek flag was made on the island of Skiathos at the Holy Monastery of Evangelistria in the year 1807.

The Ten Best Natural Hot Springs in Greece

Greece is gradually discovering the potential tourist goldmine of its plentiful, and in most cases little-known, natural hot springs. Due to Greece's unique geology, there are more than seven hundred natural hot springs throughout the country—and eighty-four of them are...

Hominid Footprints on Crete Could Change Evolutionary Theory For Good

The impressions had been made by hominids on Crete 5.6 million years ago, making them by far the oldest footprints ever discovered in Europe.

Did the Ancient Greeks See Blue Like We Do?

Linguists and experts in the ancient world have long been puzzled by the absence of a distinct word for the color in Ancient Greek.

Stunning Mosaics Using Expired Pills Created by Greek Doctor

Eleni Ioannidou, a doctor at the Rethymno Hospital, has been creating lately impressive mosaics using just expired pills.

Valentine’s Day: The Greek Roots of the Saint of Love

Was Saint Valentine Greek? Although much of the historical information on Valentine's life is somewhat obscure, a community of Catholics on Lesvos has told Greek Reporter there are strong clues that he was either Greek or of Greek origin. This...

Is This What Alexander the Great Really Looked Like?

Dutch photographer and digital artist Bas Uterwijk has been shining a light on what iconic figures from history might have looked like in real life. One of his recent creations is Alexander the Great, the king of the ancient...

Saint Yakinthos: Crete’s Valentine Equivalent

February 14th is the globally-celebrated day of Saint Valentine, internationally known as the day of lovers. Millions of stores around the world are lavishly decorated in red and vast quantities of roses, chocolates, and stuffed animals are sold and...

Ancient Greek and Roman Influences on St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th is celebrated among lovers and couples as a day of affection, romantic love and commitment to each other. The chocolate and card industry flourishes on that day, with people around the world giving small gifts...

Why Greek Statues Have Small Penises: Woman’s Lecture Goes Viral

Many ancient Greek statues depict male figures with what we might consider today to be small penises. This is quite intentional and reflects the different cultural values of the period. A woman's explanation of why ancient Greek statues have small...

What Do Greeks Have Against Tuesday the 13th?

Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you'd rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident. The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not...

The Day Greece Chose the Aegean Islands Over Northern Epirus

On February 13, 1914, Greece signed an international agreement that sealed the fate of Hellenes of Northern Epirus and the Aegean islands. Greece abandoned its claims to Epirus in exchange for dozens of islands in the Aegean. On February 1,...

Pomegranate Oil: The Golden Elixir the World Can’t Get Enough Of

A Greek exporter of pomegranate oil says that he cannot make enough product to satisfy the current world demand for the oil of this fruit.