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George Stravelakis: The Enslaved Greek who Became Ruler of Tunisia

George Stravelakis, sometimes called "Halkias," was an enslaved Greek man from the island of Chios who rose to become the Prime Minister of Tunisia in the 1860s. By Antonis Chaldeos Stravelakis was born in 1817 on the island of Chios. During the...

Grand Club of Kavala Reopens After Extensive Renovations

The Grand Club of Kavala, in the historic city located on the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece, has reopened after extensive renovation and restoration which lasted for a total of nine years. Often called a jewel of neoclassical architecture,...

Most Surreal Easter Celebrations Take Place in Chios

In Vrontados a village on the Greek island of Chios residents organize a yearly fake rocket war, between two churches, Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani. TIME magazine journalist Olivier Laurent was impressed with the old Greek tradition, publishing an...

The Great Powers Were Afraid of the 1821 Greek Revolution

The Great Powers of Europe are currently stressing over the shift in Greek negotiations or a possible Grexit that will have negative results for all parties involved. However, this is not the first time that Greece has been the reason...

3D Representation of Thessaloniki's Byzantine Fortifications

An impressive 3D representation of the coastal wall that once protected Thessaloniki – based on Byzantine descriptions and illustrations of the fortification before it was demolished by invading Turks – has been recently uploaded to YouTube. According to Ioannis Artopoulos, the man...

Thessaloniki's Historic Caravanserai Touted To Turkish Buyers

Thessaloniki's Caravanserai is one of 10 titles in northern Greece being listed at a property investment event in Istanbul this month. Among the investment opportunities on offer in Chalkidiki, Pieria, Thassos and Alexandroupolis, which will be presented at a special event “Greek Properties – Turkish Tourism...

Common Words in the Greek and Turkish Language

The Greeks were under Ottoman occupation for 400 years and the period of the Ottoman rule are traditionally viewed in a negative light as they are considered a dark time of cultural and economic decline. However, during that time...