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December 8th: Maritime and Air Disasters Make It a Cursed Day for Crete

Two major disasters hit the city of Chania in Crete on December 8th in the space of only three years, with the loss of more than three hundred lives. On December 8, 1966, a ferry on the Chania-Piraeus route sank...

John Aniston, Jennifer’s Father, Dies at 89

Jennifer Aniston's father, John Anthony Aniston, born in Chania, Greece, passed away on Friday at the age of eighty-nine. The actress, 53, took to Instagram to pay tribute to her dad with a slew of snaps of them together over...

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 Stunning Agia Triada Monastery on Crete

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

Ancient Greek Theater Discovered on Crete

An ancient Greek theater has been discovered at the remote ancient site of Lissos south of Chania on Crete, the Ministry of Culture and Sports announced on Tuesday. Facing east, the structure appears to be either an odeum, where musical...

Jennifer Aniston’s Greek Ancestor Fought in the Cretan Revolt of 1878

While most fans know that Jennifer Aniston has Greek roots, most would be surprised to discover that her Greek great-grandfather actually fought in the Cretan Revolt against the Ottomans in 1878. The discovery was made by a team of historians...

Symbolic Garden of Peace with 21 Olive Trees Opens in Crete

A Garden of Peace with 21 varieties of olive trees was inaugurated on July 19th at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) in Crete, Greece. By Lisa Radinovsky, editor of Greek Liquid Gold The trees come from the twenty-one olive-growing countries...

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.

Zach Galifianakis Becomes Godfather in Crete, His Ancestral Home

Zach Galifianakis was spotted on Crete, his grandparent's homeland, where he became the godfather of his niece at a church ceremony in Chania on Sunday. The little girl, baptized Katerina, is the child of his first cousin, local news site...

Top Five Greek Island Monasteries Perched on Rocks

In older times, Greek monks were trying to build monasteries in places that were hidden or difficult to access in order to protect them from bandits, invaders, and conquerors.