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nadellii

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I feel like byzantine architecture and history is the essence of Greece. It's buildings like these that I absolutely love and instantly make me think of Greek culture :)

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Worldwide Greeks Editor

Administrator
Staff member
It is so true! As a Greek American that has been to Greece many times, I find that it is so easy to take the amazing architecture in Greece for granted...

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k_tsoukalas

Moderator
I totally agree, as well, and we have adopted this style for some of our Greek churches in the United States. It's neat to see the influences!
 

The history of building with stone in Greece

As you may have noticed, many houses in Greece are built with stone (as you'll see in the picture below). Historically, houses in Greece were built with stone because it was readily available and very sturdy. Stone also keeps the houses cool, which is a big problem because it can get very hot and dry in Greece

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Insightful interview with Mikis Theodorakis (RIP)

It is so cool to see Theodorakis talk like this, very sad that he is gone

Theodoros Kolokotronis was the leader of Greek independence

I remember learning about Kolokotronis in Greek school. He was one of the most pivotal figures in the Greek independence movement. He was a general, politician, and a leading advisor to the Greek independence movement. If anyone has any documentaries about him, please share I would love to watch them

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How do you celebrate Oxi Day?

How do all of you celebrate? I love attending any parades that are happening

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The history of the gyro

The history of the gyro has actually been debated for years. Food historians believe that the gyro actually arrived in Greece in the early 1920’s as refugees from Asia Minor, mainly from Constantinople (now Istanbul) and Smyrna (now Izmir). Many of these people had Greek ancestry, and they brought the tradition of the gyro with them. Some legends indicate, however, that the first gyro handlers in Athens were actually of Armenian decent.

It was fairly common for these refugees to open small shops, mainly in Athens, and that helped increase the food’s popularity. As the people of Athens caught on, the dish started spreading to other areas of Greece. Eventually, Greeks who began leaving Greece for other countries, such s the United States, brought the food with them and the tradition continued in countries such as the United States and Canada.

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