UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Their work is of indisputable importance, since it comes with great responsibility. They evaluate sites worldwide and they identify those that mean a lot to humanity. As a result, they deem the sites valuable and require protection. International treaties ensure that UNESCO World Heritage Sites …

Vasilopita Tradition in Greece

On January 1st, there is a special tradition that has survived through the centuries in Greece. At each home, families gather and cut the vasilopita. This is a pie made of flour, milk, eggs and sugar. In some cases, the pie looks exactly like tsoureki (brioche) and in some other occasions it resembles a cake. …

Greek Christmas Traditions & Customs

In Greece, Christmas is celebrated in all its glory. Every part of the country boasts a plethora of traditions and special customs that have survived over the centuries. If you want to be part of this long-lasting celebration, check out the most popular Greek Christmas traditions and customs. And then choose where you are going …

The Ottoman Magnificence of Osman Shah Mosque

In the city of Trikala lies one of the famous examples of Ottoman architecture in Greece. Koursoum Mosque or Osman Shah Mosque is a prominent historic monument of mainland Greece, surviving to this day. It is still unknown when the mosque was built. It has been estimated somewhere between 1550 and 1560. The mosque is …

Milos Catacombs: A Christian Landmark

One of the major archaeological attractions on the island of Milos is definitely Milos Catacombs. A distinct religious landmark for the Christians, built around the 1st century AD. This is supposedly when Christianity first appeared in the area. As you can imagine, the catacombs are placed underground. There are caves carved on the volcanic rocks, …

Panagia Limnia Church in Skiathos

Have you ever been to Skiathos? Then you cannot have missed the emblematic Panagia Limnia Church. Its impressive bell tower stands tall. So it is visible from the entire city of Skiathos. You can see the church from the old harbor, overlooking the Aegean. Panagia Limnia Panagia Limnia was built around 1800 AD. So it …

Philippi Archaeological sites: The Early Christian era

With the transfer of the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire to Constantinople (330 AD), the dominance of Christianity (4th c. AD), and the graduation Hellenizing of the Eastern Roman state, the Roman colony of Philippi regained its character as a Greek city. With the change of religion, the large public buildings, which had been …