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Greece Reports First Case of Omicron Variant on Crete

The first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Greece was confirmed on Thursday by the Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris. He said that a Greek citizen who recently arrived from South Africa was diagnosed as having the...

Crete Celebrates Union with Greece On December 1st

On December 1st, 1913, the island of Crete was officially integrated into the Greek state, after Sultan Mehmet V had finally relinquished all sovereignty over the island exactly one month earlier. Crete's liberation from Ottoman rule was the result of...

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...

The Architecture of Agia Triada Monastery on Crete

The Patriarchal Monastery of Agia Triada Tsagarolon (Holy Trinity) located in the Akrotiri Peninsula, on the island of Crete, was built back in the seventeenth century by two brothers, Jeremiah and Lorenzo, who belonged to the old, noble Venetian...

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...

The 5-Year-Old Boy From Crete with an IQ of 140

At just five years of age, young genius Nikolas Makrimanolakis from Crete already speaks and writes in English and spends his free time learning the intricacies of the human anatomy. The Greek child, who has an IQ of 140, dreams...

How Arkadi Became a Universal Symbol of Sacrifice for Freedom

To this day, the "Holocaust of Arkadi" remains a universal symbol of self-sacrifice for freedom in the face of barbarism, while filling another page in the glorious history of Greece. It was November 9, 1866 when over a thousand brave...

Five of the Most Staggering Caves Worth Exploring on the Island of Crete

There are hundreds of caves scattered around the Greek island of Crete -- and all of them are worth a visit, either for their natural features or for the history they hold within them. Many of the caves are open...

The Mystery of the Oldest Throne in Europe at the Palace of Knossos

In the palace of Knossos, a magnificent throne room built during the 15th century BC is considered the oldest such room in Europe.

Crete Earthquake: Dramatic Videos of People Running for Their Lives

Dramatic videos emerged showing people running out of businesses and shops as Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Crete. The quake had a focal depth of 8.2 km (5.09 miles), and its epicenter was southeast of the city...