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The Place of Byzantium in World History

Byzantium served as an important link between antiquity and the Renaissance, and much of Greek theology and thought can be traced back to the Byzantine Empire. by Alexander Billinis The summer is ending. In some jurisdictions, school has already started, and,...

The Sweet History of the Oldest Bougatsa Shop in Chania, Crete

In Chania, the famous Iordanis has been baking fresh Bougatsa - the Greek sweet filo pastry - since 1922.

A Crusader’s History of the Sack of Constantinople

De la Conquête de Constantinople (On the Conquest of Constantinople), one of the oldest surviving examples of French prose, is considered to be the most important historical source on the Fourth Crusade and the tragic Sack of Constantinople. As disturbing...

Rizitika Songs from Crete Pass Oral History on to New Generation

Rizitika songs are the oldest type of Cretan music, originating from the western part of the Greek island, but now heard in central and eastern Crete as well.

The Ancient History of Athens’ Monastiraki Square

Located at the heart of Athens, Monastiraki Square is a unique blend of styles, cultures and eras, ever-changing and vibrant.

Frappe: The History of Coffee That Greeks Are Obsessed With

Frothy, cold, and full of caffeine, nearly everyone—Greeks and non-Greeks alike—loves the classic Greek coffee drink "Frappe." Frappe coffee, or Greek frape, is a foam-covered, iced coffee drink made from instant coffee, sugar, ice cubes, and water. Occasionally, people add...

Hydra Offers History and Stunning Beauty in Complete Serenity

Hydra has long been a destination for artists, musicians, and free spirits inspired by its stunning natural beauty and vibrant port town.

The History and How to of Komboloi, or “Greek Worry Beads”

The Komboloi, or worry beads, may be one of the most typical symbols of Greece's easy-going mentality that has been widely established both in Greece and Cyprus since the middle of the 20th century. Yet, the history of the komboloi...

The Rich History of the Acropolis of Lindos

The history of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes is as old as the history of Ancient Greece, as tradition has Lindos participating in the Trojan War

The Athens Grande Bretagne Hotel is Entwined With Greek History

The historic Grande Bretagne Hotel was built less than fifty years after Greece won its independence and the modern Greek State was beginning to take form. It was built across the King's Palace and now stands across the Greek Parliament...

The Ancient Greek Roots of Feta, The Oldest Cheese in Recorded History

Feta is the soft white “king” of Greek cheeses, renowned around the world. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times as the first mention of the famous cheese is as old as Homer's Odyssey. In fact, it's...

United States of the Ionian Islands: The History of British Rule in Greece

The formation of the United States of the Ionian Islands under British rule in Greece is a little known period of the country's history.

The Fascinating History of Greek Loukoumia, or Turkish Delights

Greek loukoumia, or Turkish delights, hold an important place in the world of Greek sweets.

The History of Feminism in Greece

While there were some proto-feminists in ancient Greece, feminism as a movement began in Greece in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when women across the US and Europe began fighting for their rights. Women from the US, UK, and Ireland...

Windmills of Mykonos: The History of a Landmark

In Mykonos, the wind blows all year-long. This is the reason why its windmills have become the island's iconic landmark.