Behind the Greek Flag

The national flag of Greece consists of a white cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, with nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. The cross represents the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the Greeks.

It is traditionally believed that the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase ‘Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος’ (‘Eleftheria I Thanatos’), meaning (Freedom or Death). But some believe that are meant to symbolise the nine letters of the Greek word ‘freedom’ (ελευθερία or eleftheria).

The colours White and Blue, symbolise the colours of the Greek sky and the sea.

The Greek flag dates back to 1822, just after Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

The Park of Souls | Parnitha

We are really very excited when our readers send us pictures of “secret” Greece.  Recently Giorgos Zouvelos visited the Park of Souls in Parnitha and he shared a couple of pictures of this breathtaking park with us.  In this “spooky” park visitors 

If you want to read information about the abandoned building and the surrounding park you check this article of The Secret Greece

There are amazing photographs of this place online and we present some of the below.

6 things to do in Athens when it rains or when it is really hot.

Kapnikarea church athens

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Apart from the very popular Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum which are in the list of the most amazing museums in the world, we are sure you are going to find the following suggestions really interesting whether you visit them on a rainy or hot day in Athens. Read more...