Greece is a blessed piece of land, a small peninsula on the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, in an advantageous position, lying in the arms of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.
In Greece the sun shines 300 days a year, with temperatures between 20oC-25oC. Winters are small and wet, summers are mild and shiny. Spring is prolonged, letting endlessly flowering and fruiting.
The alternation of land and sea, mountains and plains create a wide variety of microclimates that only exist in a few areas of the globe.
Greece is a small peninsula, however adorned by 6,000 islands, islets and rock islands with a total of 15,000 km coastline.
Here in this place with its unique natural environment, where no day is the same and nothing is monotonous, man settled here thousands of years ago and created the unique civilization of beauty and “metro” (which cannot be exactly translated, has a very broad meaning and basically suggests us to choose the medium and not the extreme choice in all aspects of life).
The footprint and evolution of this civilization we still experience today everywhere in Greece, Europe and every corner of the world.
Where else in the world would they stop wars and fighting for a sporting competition, with prize either an olive wreath or a clay pot of oil?
Where else could 300 Spartan warriors stop millions of barbarians?
Who could dear imagine at that time that these 300 Greeks practically and substantially allowed humanity to evolve to its peak in the culturally unique Byzantine Empire? Who would have predicted that this Empire would donate her achievements in the world not only for the one thousand years of its life, but also for the next 560 years until today?
Greece is a vast archaeological site from Crete to Thrace and from Rhodes to the Ionian Islands.
Where else in the world are there 63 archaeological museums and 125 ancient theaters? Just one visit to Acropolis Archaeological Museum is enough to admire the vitality, joy, strength and acme on the faces of the marble statues!
This Ancient Greek Civilization didn’t produce most exhibits which are today exhibited in most international museums?
Where else in the world were the greatest epic poems written, like the ones of Homer, the blind poet who wrote for the eyes of a woman, Helen of Troy? Where else would a young girl, Antigoni, decide to bury her dead brother accepting even death as her punishment, giving birth to one of the greatest ancient tragedies?
It was here that hospitality was born. Our ancestors washed the feet of foreign travelers to relieve their tired legs.
In Greece the 12 gods lived on top of Mount Olympus, while living together amongst the people.
In Greece dozens of philosophies were released and more than 30 schools of philosophy were established. The School of Socrates, Platonas and Aristoteles still define today’s intellectual developments.
Which other language in the world have 2,000,000 types of words? The Greek language was chosen for the first translation of the sacred texts of the Old Testament and for most of the original sacred texts of the New Testament.
In this land, our ancestors accepted and believed Jesus Christ the Son of God as their God, although he was a foreigner who even brought new concepts and was sacrificed from his own foreign nation to save all the humanity.
We embraced Christ, we accepted and spread His teaching, the selfless love in practice, and now what we present to the world is the Greek Orthodox civilization.
In dozens of Byzantine churches and chapels on the islands and the mainland, our people honor Jesus Christ, Maria Virgin and the Saints of the whole world, while enjoying the pleasures of life and feast with traditional dances and songs.
Greece is us all, not only the people who speak the Greek language and who rejoice life despite adversity, but also the people who live with Greek values and ideals.
Dare to live in Greece. Become a part of the Greek history.