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Aristotle Onassis: Greece’s Larger Than Life Tycoon

Aristotle Onassis was one of the most famous Greeks in the entire world in the 20th century, a visionary and one of the richest men

Giorgos Seferis: The First Greek Poet to Win the Nobel Prize

On December 10, 1963, Greek diplomat and poet Giorgos Seferis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by King Gustav of Sweden.

Newly Established Thessaloniki-Izmir Ferry Route Suspended

Levante Ferries Group has announced that its ferry route between Thessaloniki in northern Greece and the city of Izmir (Smyrna) on Turkey's western coast will be temporarily suspended until the Summer of 2023. The Smyrna di Levante's maiden voyage was...

Smyrna, the Epic War Drama, Comes to the Big Screen in the US

The movie Smyrna, the six-time Hellenic Academy-Award-winning epic war drama based on the truly catastrophic events that changed the course of Greek history is coming to the big screen across the United States. It will be screened in seven hundred...

Smyrna Disaster Remembered at Herodeon Concert in Athens

The Band of Messolonghi "Dionysios Solomos”, the orchestra and the Stamatis Spanoudakis choir collaborated at Herodeon dedicated a concert last week to the 1922 Smyrna disaster. Composer Stamatis Spanoudakis invited the band to participate in playing marches from Smyrna as...

First Thessaloniki-Smyrna Ferry Starts Service on Monday

On Monday, October 10th, the passenger ferry Smyrna di Levante of Levante Ferries starts its maiden voyage to Smyrna (İzmir) from Thessaloniki. This is the first time in recent memory that a ferry link from Thessaloniki to Smyrna has...

Greek City of Klazomenai Was The Ceramic Center Of The Ancient World

Unique Ancient Greek ceramic figures along with a 2,500-year-old type of water-basin used for rituals (perirrhanterion-περιρραντήριο) have been discovered during excavations in the Ancient Greek city of Klazomenai, which was the center of ceramic production in the Urla district...

The Day Greeks of Smyrna Welcomed the Hellenic Fleet in Asia Minor

On May 14, 1919, thousands of Greeks of Smyrna wore their best clothes and rushed to the city's seafront to get a glimpse of the Hellenic Navy. On that day, what had been for centuries the Greek metropolis in...

Brutal Murder of Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Smyrna Still Haunts Greece

On September 10, 1922, a Turkish mob brutally lynched Metropolitan Chrysostomos, the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox in Smyrna.

The Destruction of Smyrna: When Hellenism was Brutally Erased from Asia Minor

September 12, 1922 marks one of the darkest days of Hellenism, as Smyrna, one of the most prosperous and beautiful cities on the Mediterranean coast of Asia Minor, was destroyed by the Turks, sending hundreds of thousands of Greeks...