Greece, Parte I, bits of tradition, beauty and music
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Imagery and text : compiled from several Net sites Conception and format : Delza Dias Ferreira firstname.lastname@example.orgRevision and English version : Flavio Musa de Freitas GuimarãesMusics : Nick Stoubis – Overture Melina Merkouri - Love theme from Phaedra http://culturesandart.blogspot.com
Greece – Fokida - Delphi The Center of the WorldTo the ancient Greeks, Delphi, with roots in Neolithic era (5000-3000 BC), has been the mythical home of Gaia (Earth) and Chronos (Time). It was also identified as the “center of the earth”.
Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα ), officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country whose mainland and most of its islands are in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. Ancient Greece is often referred to as "the cradle of Western civilization”. The first known Greek civilizations dates from 3000 B. C. Administratively, Greece consists of 13 peripheries subdivided into a total of 54 prefectures. There is also one autonomous area, Mount Athos (Agio Oros, "Holy Mountain"), in Macedonia Periphery. 1. Attica 2. Central Greece – Continental 3. Central Macedonia 4. Crete 5. East Macedonia and Thrace 6. Epirus 7. Ionean Islands 8. North Aegean 9. Peloponese Column 450-330 B. C. 10. South Aegeanphoto by Aimilios Petrou 11. Thessaly 12. West Greece 13. West Macedonia
Greece – Attica - AthensAthens – parcial view with Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf.
Greece - Attica - AthensThe Acropolis and Lykavitos Hill - The Acropolis of Athens, so calledthe "Sacred Rock“ of Athens, is the most important site of the city. Thefirst civilization remains on the Acropolis date from the Neolithic period.
Greece – Attica - Athens - Acropolis A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the placeof a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head. The best-known examples are those of the six figures of the Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis at Athens.
Greece – Attica - AthensThe Parthenon, an octostyle, perinteral Doric temple with Ionic architectural features, housed the chryselephantine statue of Athena Parthenos sculpted by Phidias and dedicated in 439/438 BC.
Greece - Attica – Athens Hermes bearing the child Dionysus, by Praxiteles. Parian marble, H. 2.15 m., ArchaeologicalMuseum of Ancient Olympia. From the German excavations of the Heraion at Olympia, 1877.
Greece - Attica - AthensThe Odeion of Herodes Atticus - After hard rain, the audience stands still at Jeremy Irons musical of Camille Saint-Saens Le Carnival des Animaux.
Greece - Attica - AthensFrom the Parthenon: two sides of Athens
Greece - Attica - AthensPast and Present - The left door is from the Propylaea of Acropolis and the right one is from the University of Athens.
Greece - Attica - Athens Modernity in Athens...
Greece - Attica - Athens Syntagma square and the Parliament.
Greece - Attica - Athens Changing of the Guard Evzones in front of theTomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square.
Greece - Attica - AthensThe National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one ofthe worlds great museums. With more than 20,000 exhibits, his collections provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
Greece - Attica - AthensThe National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Greece - Attica - Athens“Clandestine School “ – painting by Gysis, Nicholas. After the fall of the Byzantine Empire, Greece came under Ottomans rule for 400 years; in order to preserve the Greek culture and idiom, their children were educated in clandestine schools along 4 centuries.
Greece - Attica - AthensThe legendary and historic Grande Bretagne, Athens first hotel. Located in Syntagma Square.
Greece - Attica - AthensStavros Melissinos - the Poet-Sandalmaker of Monastiraki
Greece - Attica - AthensThe Kalatrava bridge, at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens.
Greece - Attica - AthensMelina Merkouri - Greek actress and Minister. In 1981 she was made Minister ofCulture where her primary objective was to have the Parthenon marble returned to Athens from the British Museum. When she passed in 1994 she was mourned by thousands of nationals as the "last Greek Goddess".
Greece – 6 Epirus - Arta Bridge of Arachthos River - 3rd cent. B.C. - reconstructed in 1612 It is the most famous bridge of Epirus and Greece in general. The relevantlegend refers to the sacrifice of the master builders wife, which was necessary for the propping of the bridge.
Greece – 11 ThessalyKalambaka, between the rocks, and Meteora, one of seven world’s miracles. (in the picture, Meteora is at high right).
Greece – 11 ThessalyMeteora - stairs to Monasteries