Tag: Greek history

Alexander the Great

On this day in 323 BC: The Death of Alexander the Great

On June 10, 323 BC in the late evening, after battling an unknown illness for nearly two weeks, Alexander the Great (Megas Alexandros), otherwise referred to as the “King of Kings”, quietly…

Statue of the last Byzantine Emperor is unveiled in Piraeus 1

Statue of the last Byzantine Emperor is unveiled in Piraeus

Yesterday a statue of the last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, often called the Eastern Roman Empire, was unveiled in Athens. In the square of the Holy Metropolis Church of Piraeus (Athens),…

June 6, 1822: The revenge of the Chios Massacre

June 6, 1822: Revenge of the Chios Massacre

Konstantinos Kanaris was a Greek Admiral, patriot, and politician who lived during the period 1790-1877. He achieved prominence due to his heroism in the Greek War of Independence. In 1822, the Turks…

On this day in 1825, Odysseas Androutsos passes away 9

On this day in 1825, Odysseas Androutsos passes away

Odysseas Androutsos was born on the Ionian island of Ithaca in 1788 and was the only son of the famous Arvanite bandit Andrea Verousi, also known as Captain Androutsou. His mother, who…

Kondomari

On this day in 1941: The Massacre of Kondomari, Crete

On June 2, 1941, a brutal massacre took place in the village of Kondomari, 18km west of Chania. The Massacre of Kondomari was an execution of male civilians from the village of…

Hagia Sophia

HISTORY: Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, for almost 1,000 years was the largest Greek Orthodox Christian church in the world. Unfortunately nothing remains of the original Hagia Sophia, which was built in the fourth century by Constantine…

The Fall of Constantinople

On this day May 29, 1453: The Fall of Constantinople

The Fall of Constantinople occurred on May 29, 1453, after a siege which began on April 6. The battle was part of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars (1265-1453) and is referred to as one…

Ascension of our Lord

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Today is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, which is celebrated each year on the fortieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha…