Greece

Greece, May 2013 and April 2014

 

 

I was able to visit 2 wonderful islands: Rhodes in May 2013 and Crete in April 2014. The grandiose vestiges of their history but also the climate, the landscapes and their cuisine. You can feast your eyes and your taste buds. The Orthodox churches are a splendour as you can see in some photos. The interior is beautiful, covered with gold, various colours and paintings with breathtaking details. The azure sea views that make you want to cool off…
The country
On the current territory of Greece, the climate has allowed a good conservation of the remains even very old, and the writing appeared early: the history of the country is very well known , from ancient Greece to present-day Greece through the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Independence, Monarchy, Civil War and Colonel dictatorship periods.

 

On the current territory of Greece, the climate has allowed a good conservation of the remains even very old, and the writing appeared early: the history of the country is very well known , from ancient Greece to present-day Greece through the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Independence, Monarchy, Civil War and Colonel dictatorship periods.
Since the IXth century, two schools clash for the writing of the history of Greece: that of a continuity of Hellenism between antiquity and today, which take into account especially the evolution of the language and that of a profound difference between classical Greece and contemporary Greece, introduced through the Byzantine and then Ottoman empires, whose monotheistic religions are analysed as a fundamental cultural break. Greece is a country steeped in history as evidenced by the many monuments visible in Athens but also throughout the country.
Rhodes has suffered the same influence but has not always been attached to Greece. The Order of Hospitallers settled there for more than 2 centuries from 1307 but had to flee before the Turks led by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1522. Finally, Italy seized the island in 1912. In 1936 Fascism arrived on the island, but the life of the Jewish population continued without much difficulty. It must be said that the Jewish presence was important. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the island, which already had “Romani” Jews, welcomed so many Sephardic Jews rejected from Spain, that it took the nickname of “Little Jerusalem”. At the german defeat, the island was placed under English protectorate then under Greek sovereignty in 1948.
Crete was formerly called “Candie Island”. Largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, it is attached in 1913 to Greece, of which it forms, along with other small islands, one of the thirteen peripheries (administrative region), as well as the one of the seven decentralized dioceses created by the program “Kallikratis” in January 2011. Crete is the cradle of the Minoan civilization, of which “Knossos” is the heart and the most important archaeological site. His story was also very eventful. It belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire (called Byzantine) then annexed by the Andalusians and then again Byzantines. She knew a Venetian then Ottoman period, attached to Egypt. In 1898, she obtained an autonomy status under international trusteeship after a Greek-Turkish conflict lost by the Turks. During the 2nd World War, it was invaded by the Germans. The Cretan resistance liberated the island in 1945.
Source
The albums of Greece
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