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How the Winged Victory of Samothrace was Saved From the Nazis

Countless masterpieces in the Louvre, such as the Nike, or Winged Victory of Samothrace, were saved from the Nazis in World War II. The Winged Victory of Samothrace is widely considered to be one of the most exquisite sculptures in the...

Greece Becomes Safe Haven for Dissident Afghan Women

Athens has become a temporary haven for Afghan women who served a now deposed democracy. Following the Taliban takeover in August, remaining safe in Afghanistan was no longer an option. Female Afghan judges and former members of parliament, together with...

Alonissos Among the Top Destinations in the World for Ecotourism

The Greek island of Alonissos, a North Aegean isle north of Evia, has been named one of the Top Destinations for Ecotourism. ABTA Magazine, the publication representing the UK’s largest Travel Association, released its top destinations for ecotourism recently; in...

Discover Centuries of Greek History in Veria

Built at the foot of Mount Vermion, the Greek city of Veria was the second most-important town, after Aigai, in the ancient Macedonian era. It was also the third most-important city of the Byzantine empire, from the 11th to the...

Diogenes: Likely First Person to Give Someone the Finger

The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic was most likely the man who invented "the finger" as an insult. The historian of philosophy Diogenes Laertios wrote that the cynical philosopher Diogenes made the rude gesture to the orator Demosthenes in the...

Ten Must-Have Souvenirs From the Greek Island of Crete

Visitors to Crete always want to find just the right memories of Crete to take back home. Objects that tell a story of their own, that are characteristic of the land and that - sometimes - cannot be obtained...

Ten Ancient Sites You Must See While in Athens

The city of Athens has seen a dramatic transformation towards modernity over the last several years. It has now turned into one of the most trendy cities of Europe, offering endless cultural events, exhibitions, and concerts every single day...

How Greeks Brought 50 Kinds of Pie to America

Although Greek food is known and loved around the world, one specific type of traditional food, the Greek pie, holds a special place in the country’s cuisine, as it is among the oldest, simplest and most delicious dishes one...

Why Do Greeks Boil Their Coffee?

There's no doubt that Greek coffee remains one of the country's best known, and most flavorful, culinary traditions but -- in these days of instant coffee and Nespresso machines -- why do Greeks stick with this centuries-old method? Coffee first...

The Greek Language is the Greatest Ambassador of Hellenism

With over 3,400 years of documented history, the Greek language has heavily influenced all other western languages. By Ada Leivada Whenever Greece faces challenges to its public image, such as it recently did during last decade’s devastating financial crisis, its greatest...

“Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom” Exhibition Opens in London

A new exhibition exploring science in ancient Greek society opens at London's Science museum on Wednesday, November 17. The exhibition, titled "Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom," combines ancient artifacts and objects to explore the role science played in ancient Greek...

Greek Author Christos Chomenidis Wins European Book Prize

The European Book Prize honored Greek author Christos Chomenidis for his autobiographical work "Niki" on Monday. Chomenidis' novel, which tells the story of the Occupation in Greece during WWII and the Greek Civil War, was also commended by Prime Minister...

The Mosque of the Janissaries, a Landmark of Chania, Crete

The Mosque of the Janissaries in Chania, Crete is one of the most recognizable buildings on the entire island, which is the largest in Greece. Once ruled by the Ottomans for centuries, Crete is home to many reminders of that...