Posts Tagged With: Greek Revolution of 1821

Hydra Island, Greece

The Island of Hydra

The Island of Hydra

Meaning “water”, the name Hydra refers to the ancient springs that served as this island’s water source at one time. Today, most of the water is imported or consumed from bottles.

In the 1950s, well-known Greek and foreign artists of all kinds (musician Leonard Cohen, poet George Seferis, painter Marc Chagall) began frequenting or residing in this tranquil location.

With ~2,000 year-round inhabitants, the law prohibits anyone from using cars, mopeds, and bicycles; only donkeys and boats are allowed as acceptable means of transportation. There are also strict building laws in place for development to protect the traditional architectural style.

Cypress, olive, eucalyptus, fig, lemon and orange trees abound in addition to plumbago, cyclamen, irises, thistles, red poppies, hibiscus, cacti, and prickly pears.

Admiral Andreas Miaoulis

Admiral Andreas Miaoulis

Every year near the end of June the Miaoulia Festival commemorates Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, an heroic naval commander during the Greek Revolution of 1821. The multi-day celebrations include folk dancing and exhibitions. The last day closes with “The Happening”, a reenactment of Miaoulis’ men sinking the Turkish flagship, a siege and burning of a real boat in the harbor, and then culminating with fireworks.

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Dreaming in Poros, Greece

“Coming into Poros gives the illusion of the deep dream.”
– The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller

Poros Town - Clock Tower

Poros Town – Clock Tower

Meaning “a small sea passage” or “narrow straight” in ancient Greek, Poros originally consisted of two islands – Sphairia and Kalavria. It’s believed that the Methana volcano exploded in 273 BC, and cut off Sphairia from Methana, creating the Poros of today.

With a population of ~4,000, Poros boasts numerous sand and pebble beaches, traditional foods, unique shops, and a clock tower visible from almost everywhere on the island. The location makes Poros a perfect home base for day trips to Athens or other nearby islands.

Historic Poros

* The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi site is built on the slope of a pine forest. Founded in AD 1720 by Archbishop Iakovos the 2nd of Athens, it’s said that he was miraculously cured of lithiasis (stony concretions in the body) after drinking the holy water near the monastery.

* Built in the 6th century BC, only ruins are left of The Temple of Poseidon, where religious and civic issues were dealt with for city states. Demosthenes, one of the greatest ancient Greek orators, killed himself here in 322 BC by drinking poison hemlock.

* Because of its strategic geographical position, Poros was important during the Greek Revolution of 1821. It was considered the safest harbor, and the ideal place to hold committee meetings away from massive crowds.

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