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Corinth canal closed

Corinth canal closed

Boats travelling between the gulfs of Corinth and the Saronic will not be able to cut across the Corinth Canal for a couple more days. The canal has been closed since last…

January 19, Feast Day of Agios Makarios the Great

January 19, Feast Day of Agios Makarios the Great

On January 19 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Makarios the Great. Saint Macarius the Great of Egypt was born in the early fourth century in the village…

January 18, Feast Day of Agios Athanasios

January 18, Feast Day of Agios Athanasios

On January 18 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Athanasios. Agios Athanasios was born in Alexandria in the year 296, and from his early childhood, he had an…

NOYNOY, a household name in Greece

NOYNOY, a household name in Greece

NOYNOY is a household name in Greece, with generations of children growing up drinking this famous milk, which first hit Greek supermarket shelves in 1929. This concentrated milk is pure, whole cows…

January 17, Feast Day of Agios Antonios

January 17, Feast Day of Agios Antonios O Megas

On January 17 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Antonios O Megas, the Anchorite of Egypt and the Father of all Monks. Saint Anthony was born near Herakleopolis…

On This Day In 1873, Olympic legend Spyridon Louis was born

On this day in 1873, Olympic legend Spyridon Louis was born

In 1896, Spyridon Louis made Greek sporting history. He won the first marathon race of the modern Olympic Games in Athens. Spyridon Louis (Σπυρίδων Λούης) was born in the town of Marousi, north…

royal carriages

New exhibition for royal carriages as former Tatoi Royal Estate begins renovations

Even though reign in Greece lasted for over a century (1832 – 1973), there are very few exhibitions or museums dedicated to the Greek royal family that one can visit today. The Greek Ministry of Culture has decided to renovate the former Tatoi Royal Estate and Palace including the restoration of the numerous royal carriages that belonged to the royal family.

January 1, Feast Day of Saint Basil the Great

January 1, Feast Day of Saint Basil the Great

On January 1 the Greek Orthodox church commemorates Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Saint Basil was born in the year 330 in Caesarea, to a family renowned for their learning…

December 28, The Holy 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

December 28, The Holy 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

On December 28, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the 20,000 Martyrs who were burned alive in the year 303 AD. At the beginning of the fourth century, during the reign of emperor Maximian…

December 27, Feast day of Agios Stefanos 5

December 27, Feast day of Agios Stefanos

On December 27 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Stefanos. Saint Stephen was the first of the seven deacons whom the Apostles ordained to serve the Church in Jerusalem. Being filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, he worked miracles and wonders among the people. Today is also the name day of Stefanos, Stefania, Mavrikos and Mavrikia. Xronia Polla!

Festive Flashback! 1960s Christmas in Athens

Festive Flashback! 1960s Christmas in Athens

Christmas in Athens is beyond magical. There are no words to describe the atmosphere and feeling. Unfortunately this year, everyone around the world will be experiencing a different festive season. Today, GCT takes you…

December 22, Feast Day of Agia Anastasia the Pharmakolitria

December 22, Feast Day of Agia Anastasia the Pharmakolitria

On December 22nd the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agia Anastasia Pharmakolitria, Saint Protector of poison and other harmful substances. The Great Martyr Anastasia the “Deliverer from Potions”, also Anastasia the Healer or Anastasia of Sirmium was martyred…

December 20, Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord 6

December 20, Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord

The Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord begins on December 20. From now on, most of the liturgical hymns in Greek Orthodox Churches worldwide will be concerned with the birth of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Christmas boat

Wonderful Christmas Traditions of Greece

The many Christmas traditions of Greece that are still honoured today have been passed down through generation upon generation of Greeks from islands, villages and cities alike.

Agios Dionysios Church in Zakynthos

Agios Dionysios Church in Zakynthos

Agios Dionysios is the largest church in Zakynthos and celebrates on December 17, which is the Feast Day of Agios Dionysios, Patron Saint, and Protector of the island. This holy and miraculous…

December 15, Feast Day of Agios Eleftherios

December 15, Feast Day of Agios Eleftherios

On December 15 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Eleftherios. When the phrase “child pro­digy” is mentioned it may bring to mind the name of Mozart, who composed…