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8 surprising things you didn’t know about Greece!

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Greece has many islands (from 1200 to 6000) and between 166 and 227 of them are inhabited. The largest of the Greek islands is Crete, located on the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. Of course, each island is different and unique!

The Mount Olympus is the highest point of Greece and is called the homeland of the Olympian gods and goddesses. Mount Olympus is 9,750 feet high. In addition, 10,000 people climb the mountain every year. Then, the city of Rhodes is the most popular place for tourists in Greece. In fact, it houses one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the colossus of Rhodes, a huge statue representing the god Helios, whose legs spanned the harbor but was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BC. Moreover, we can see that in Greece, there are many structures such as doors, window sills, furniture and domes and churches that are painted in turquoise blue. The Greeks use this color because of an old belief that this shade of blue keeps the evil away. They called it the color kyanos.

Furthermore, previously in Greece most fathers gave their name to their oldest son. But to avoid confusion in the conversations between father and son, they added extensions. Also, there is the extension « aki » which means small or child. For example, the name Mitsotaki means the child of Mitso. Then, in the Peloponnese, they used the extension « poulos » for example: Papadopoulos was the son of Papado. In addition, we have the Kombolï, which is a sort of short string of pearls. This object, an element of folklore, has almost become a cultural or ethnological fact in Greece where we can also find a Komboloi museum in Nafplion.

There is also Rebetiko, a Greek folk music. Indeed, in the taverns, the so-called “crackers” get together to play and sing songs after drinking and eating well. These songs often speak of love, prison, drugs … The songs are something like the “blues” of the Greeks.

Finally, for the Greek, pomegranate symbolizes profusion and wealth.

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