Ancient Greece Greek language words

Did you know many English words have Greek roots?

Greek is ranked as the richest language in the world with 5 million words and 70 million word types. It is well-known that languages all across the globe – including English – have borrowed a myriad of words, phrases and expressions from Greek. Here is a short list of English words that are used daily by English speakers that are fully taken from the Greek language.

Acrokorinthos ancient city of Greece

Must see cities of Ancient Greece

In almost every Greek city you will find ancient monuments, sculptures or building remains that are evidence of the grand historical past of the country. Many of these monuments are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not just because of their majestic architecture or their antiquity, but also because of their contribution to modern civilization, society, art and sciences.

Tavern of Psarras

The Tavern of Psarras: The oldest restaurant in Greece, operating since 1898

The oldest restaurant in Greece is located in Plaka, Athens, and it is called “The Old Tavern of Psarras” (Η Παλιά Ταβέρνα του Ψαρά), which translates to “The Old Tavern of the Fisherman” remains one of the country’s most beloved restaurants over 100 years after it first opened its doors.

Agia Fotini of Mantinea

Agia Fotini of Mantinea: One of the most mysterious churches in the world  

“My goal was to create a church that creates the illusion of motion. It feels like the Holy Spirit moves around its axis, God himself moves around its axis, as the church has no obvious front and back,” Greek architect Costas Papatheodorou said about his creation – the Orthodox church of Agia Fotini of Mantinea – which has become known as the second most mysterious church in the world.

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Four of the finest Ancient Greek sculptures kept in museums away from their motherland

The movement to return the Parthenon marbles to their motherland was started in the 1980s. But it is not just the Elgin marbles that have been removed from Greece. Some of the most magnificent Greek sculptures ever created are in fact located in various museums around the world, proudly representing the country in which they were born.

Gerakas fjord

Gerakas: The Greek fjord of Laconia, a popular destination for photographers from around the world

Gerakas is located on the east coast of the Peloponnese, and enchants visitors with its incomparable and rare beauty that reminds of northern European countries, such Norway and Finland. The three villages of Gerakas (Limani, Agios Ioannis and Gerakas) and the sea that engulfs the coast create the southernmost natural fjord in Europe.