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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…

On this day in 1944, Dekemvriana shots are fired in Athens

On this day in 1944, Dekemvriana shots are fired in Athens

On December 3, 1944, the first Dekemvriana (Δεκεμβριανά) shots were fired in Athens, beginning one of the saddest and bloodiest periods in Greece’s history. This incident in Athens started the bloody period…

Statue of Kolokotronis vandalised in central Greece 1

Statue of Kolokotronis vandalised in central Greece

One of Greece’s most revered heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, had a statue in his honour vandalised in the central Greek town of Ramovouni, in the municipality of Oichalia. According to Eleftheria Online, the…

Statue of the last Byzantine Emperor is unveiled in Piraeus 3

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 11

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…