On Friday evening, before Easter Sunday, Greek Orthodox Christians arrive in droves to church to mourn Christ. ‘Epitaphios’ in Greek means ‘on the tomb’ and it is a religious icon embroidered on a cloth with an image of the dead body of Christ. It is placed on the holy table that is adorned with beautiful flowers early in the morning. In the evening the ‘Epitaphio’ is carried outside, and the funeral procession begins. At the end of the procession the clergy, who are carrying the ‘Epitaphio’, stand at the door of the church. The worshipers then pass underneath it. It symbolizes entering the tomb of Christ. These rituals symbolize the death and resurrection of Jesus. On Saturday night close to midnight people will receive the holy light from Jerusalem and praise Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into the heavens.
A throw back to warmer days on this cold December day.
Why oh why can’t life be like a relaxing and beautiful day at the beach?
“Besides great climates and lovely beaches , California and Greece share a fondness for dysfunctional politics and feckless budgeting”. -James Suroweicki (a back to reality quote)
A hidden gem of a beach next to Voidokoilia beach in Messinia in the Peloponnese mainland of Greece.
Χριστός Ανέστη και Καλό μήνα!
Happy Easter to the Orthodox Christians out there and have a happy month!
Inside the temple
Inside the Abaton
The ancient stadium
At the museum in at Epidavros
Aesclipius Greek God of medicine
Artemis Goddess of the hunt
The site of Aesculapius at Epidaurus in Peloponnese was the most important healing center in the ancient Greek and Roman world. The site’s beautiful nature and the therapeutic springs attracted many people from afar and were thought be helpful in healing the patients of their ailments. There were many temples that were considered masterpieces and where medicine was practiced. One of the temples was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, and another was dedicated to Aesclipius, the Greek god of medicine. The temples since that time have been devastated by many earthquakes and invaders so like Ancient Olympia there are only a few columns still standing. However, the ancient Epidaurus theatre just a few feet away and is in great condition, so it is still a great place to visit. I would have love to have seen how it was originally it must have been an incredible place to visit.
Life should be a beach, but we humans complicate things a little too much!
H Ζωή θα πρέπει να είναι μια παραλία, αλλά εμείς οι άνθρωποι περιπλέκουμε τα πράγματα πολύ!
A beautiful and unforgettable view of the sea from Cape Sounio located southeast of Athens. According to myth, King Aegeus of Athens leapt off the cliffs and to his death in the sea below after wrongfully assumimg that his son was killed by the minotaur on the island of Crete. The Aegean sea was thereafter named in his honour.
There is a lot of graffiti from over a century ago. If you zoom in you at the top you can see Lord Byron’s’ name.
The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio is a beautiful spot at the southern tip of Attica. It has one the greatest views of the sea I have seen in Greece. It is no wonder then that it was such a significant strategic point for the ancient Athenians who, from this point, could control the sea passage to the Aegean sea and Piraeus and Lavrion Peninsula. Poseidon, the God of the sea, protected the ships in the Mediterranean. Seafarers would come to the temple and make animal sacrifices or give gifts in exchange for a safe sea voyage.
A very touching and inspiring video. It made my day to see people from other countries helping out the youth over here. Nice to see that there is warmth, empathy and humanity in this world 🙂
‘There are people behind this not just money and cents and paying bills, but a human part to it…’