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Religious tourism: Òssios Loukás best preserved monastery in Greece

Greekcitytimes.com reports in the following article that on your way up to the slopes of Mt. Parnassos and the archaeological site of Delphi, about 13 km before the town of Aráhova, you can leave the main road and turn towards the village of Distomο and Stýri. If you keep driving for about 9 km the road will bring you to one of the most impressive monuments in the Mediterranean Sea: the monastery of Òssios Loukás.One of the best preserved byzantine monasteries in Greece, situated near the village of Distomo on the hills of Helicon mountain, it has survived many generations since its foundation by the hermit Agios Loukas in 953 A.D. Apart from being among the few monasteries that survived more than 1000 years, the architecture of the monastery as well as its frescoes are unique. It is by far, a magical journey into history and in times where art and culture flourished.A triumph of Byzantine art and architecture, it is no surprise that this church has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Decorated with a combination of mosaics and frescoes, following the death of the holy hermit Lukas the Stiriote, a church was constructed in the late 10th century on Mt. Helicon to house his relics. Later in the early 11th century, an immense Byzantine-style square cathedral was constructed adjoining the Church of Holy Luke and was used to support the growing religious community and pilgrims there. The cathedral has a massive central dome which rests on 8 hemi-circular vaults and thick piers.Agios Lukas, whose relics are kept in the monastery until today was a hermit and should not be mistaken for Agios Lukas the Evangelist of the Gospel of Saint Luke, but a hermit who died on 7 February 953 and was famous for having predicted the conquest of Crete by Emperor Romanos.It is believed that it was during the latter’s reign (959-963) that the monastery’s Church of the Theotokos (Panagia) was built.The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of Agios Lukas, originally located in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches. Agios Lukas relics are said to have exuded myron, an oil which produced healing miracles. Pilgrims hoping for miraculous help were encouraged to sleep by the side of the tomb in order to be healed. The mosaics around the tomb represent not only Agios Lukas himself, but also hegumen hilotheos offering a likeness of the newly built church to the saint.Byzantine monasteries like this are built in sites characterised by impressive natural beauty and the churches here feature multicoloured marble revetments, while the ceilings are illuminated by the mosaics with the golden background (11th century AD). The scenes are religious, chosen and designed according to the strict rules followed by the artists until nowadays.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: BishkekRocks  License: CC-BY-SASource: greekcitytimes.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Opposition head discusses needed reforms in Greece with European Commissioners

New Democracy head Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke about the reforms the Greek economy needs during a meeting with European Commissioners in Brussels on Wednesday."I had the opportunity to discuss with a number of European Commissioners my plan for the Greece of the future. I spoke about the important reforms our country needs. And when we speak of reforms, we speak primarily of investments that will create many and better jobs, linking education with the labour market and making public administration more effective for citizens," he noted after the meeting. "On this level, New Democracy's plan coincides with the priorities of the European Commission," he concluded. Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: enikoslive License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Reporter: Guide on the wines of Crete

In the heart of the Mediterranean lies the Greek island of Crete, which is home to some of the largest vineyards in Greece, according to the following travel report by greekreporter.com: With a continuous presence ever since Minoan times, Cretan vines have a millennial history that places the wines of Crete in the center of the local folklore: Wine is on everyday tables, it takes part in celebrations and it’s surrounded by myth.The Number of WinesThe local association that works to promote the island’s wines is Wines of Crete, a network of wineries that, since 2006, represents about the 90% of the wine that’s being produced, bottled and labeled in Crete. It supports the efforts of 31 Cretan wineries striving to make local wines acknowledged and praised all over the world.Twelve different native varieties give shape to this special panorama. Some of them producing top seller wines, such as the white varieties Malvasia di Candia, Vilana, Vidiano or Muscat of Spinas; and the red Mantilari, Liatiko, and Kostifali. Some others, instead, have been saved from complete extinction thanks to the dedicated work of pioneering winemakers. Among these, we count the uniqueness of Dafni, but also Plyto and Melissaki.Cretan vineyards account for nearly 13% of the wine regions of the country; being the third viticulturist area of Greece, with wines falling into several P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) and P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) categories..The Evolution of Local WineWhen walking through the local roads of Crete, it’s possible to discover a natural micro-climate created by a combination of favorable conditions. The backbone of the island is formed by a series of mountain ranges, a natural barrier that shelters the land against the southern African heat. This, together with a balanced annual amount of rain, a soil rich in clay and calcium, and extreme temperatures mitigated by the cool summer breeze of the Aegean, transform Crete into a unique land for wine production.The recent history of Cretan wine has different stages. A first and more classic one, when local varieties were used just for wines consumed locally. A trend that was, later on, followed by a wave of new winemakers using foreign varieties in an attempt to please both locals and foreigners. It was a new moment in history, marked by the arrival of mass tourism to Crete.Nevertheless, things started changing during the early 2000s. Gradually, winemakers began considering that indigenous varieties were worth the try. And a new trend in travel also made visitors look for a more authentic experience. If they had made it all the way to Crete, maybe they were not looking for a Cabernet anymore. Maybe it was time to start going local.Nowadays, and after years of hard work and development, the island is entitled to supply visitors with that high quality they were looking for. In fact, it’s the regional varieties that let the island stand out, making a difference from the standards that can be found on the market.Promotion and RecognitionThe tasks of Wines of Crete include the promotion of Cretan wines, not only in Greece but also abroad. They take serious care of the education of consumers through a series of organized tasting events and exhibitions that give every opportunity to get to know what local winemakers are achieving.Joint efforts lead to the creation of OiNotika, an annual fair that boosts awareness on the Cretan wine production, feeding a new generation of consumers with the right input and information. Every year, OiNotika receives more visits from other countries, giving the opportunity to taste the local labels to an ever-growing international audience.As a result, and during the last five years, Crete has earned a distinctive wine identity inside the national industry. An identity that has little to do with mass production and old-time retsina wine. Crete has proven a land of traditions and character, but also a territory of excellence as far as wine tourism is concerned. Through its wine, Crete is portraying the culture, the traditions and the magnificent traits of its cuisine. Wines allow discovering a unique landscape and the authenticity of the people… and, of course, that there’s much more than pristine beaches to Crete.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Elisavetch License: CC-BY-SASource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Prime Minister thanks Greek-American community for its warm welcome

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras thanked the Greek-American expatriate community for their reception during his five-day trip to the US, in a series of tweets after his departure from Washington on Thursday to attend the EU summit in Brussels.“We had many crucial but chiefly productive and constructive contacts in Chicago and Washington in the days that the Greek delegation was in the USA in the framework of our official visit. I cannot help but single out, however, those with our Greek expatriates that live in the US and for many years now preserve in every way the principles, values, traditions and history of our country,” Tsipras noted.“Myself personally and the Greek delegation thank you for the warm reception but chiefly for your contribution to our country,” he added.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Rennett Stowe License: CC-BY-SASource: thenationalherald.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Two Greek researchers earn L'Oreal-Unesco 'Women in Science' Scholarships

Two young and promising Greek researchers were selected among more than 1,000 candidates to win two of the 30 French L'Oreal-Unesco French Fellowships "For Women in Science", accompanied by 15,000 to 20,000 euro financial award.These scholarships are awarded by the L'Oreal Foundation in cooperation with the French Academy of Sciences and the French Commission of Unesco to 30 young scientists (10 PhDs and 20 postdoctoral researchers) conducting frontier research in their scientific field in France.One scholarship was awarded to postdoctoral researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Fani Koukouli, who is conducting neurobiological research focusing on the pathology of schizophrenia. The pre-frontal cortex of the brain displays reduced neuronal activity in the brains of patients with psychoses such as schizophrenia. This problem is often attributed to a genetic disorder in nicotinic prefrontal cortex receptors, which is related to the fact that 80-90 pct of patients with schizophrenia are smokers.The Greek researcher has been studying molecules that influence nicotine receptors and allow the nerves to return to normal activity. At the same time, she is responsible for a major research programme on the role of nicotinic receptors in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The goal, both in the case of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, is the development of new pharmaceutical therapeutic approaches.Koukouli graduated from the Department of Pharmacy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during 2009 and received her Ph.D. in neurobiology from the French Pasteur Institute in 2016.The second scholarship was awarded to the doctoral researcher Anna-Maria Pappa of the Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne School of Bioelectronics Laboratory, also a collaborating researcher at Cambridge University, UK. Her research focuses on the detection of metabolic substances in the cell using organic electronics.The Greek researcher studied at "Anatolia" College in Thessaloniki, graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during 2012 and proceeded with postgraduate studies in nanosciences, nanotechnology and biomaterials.Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Mouagip License: CC-BY-SARead more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

First Cyprus, Greece and Armenia meeting on diaspora issues on Friday in Nicosia

The first Trilateral Meeting among Cyprus, Greece and Armenia on diaspora issues is set to take place on Friday in Nicosia. The meeting will be attended by Presidential Commissioner for Overseas Cypriots, Photis Photiou, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, responsible for Greeks Abroad, Terens Quick, and Armenia`s Minister of the Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan.Photiou told CNA that they will discuss and make concrete decisions as regards ways of promoting cooperation among the three countries on diaspora issues.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: CNALet's block ads! (Why?)

40 bloggers present their travel experiences in Greece

A new video titled "Blogtrotters 2017 - Travel in Balance," which visualizes the results of Blogtrotters' action of Marketing Greece for 2017, was presented by Discover Greece.Blogtrotters is a travel blogging travel experience platform for travel bloggers.This action concerns the invitation to Greece and the interactive participation of prominent foreign bloggers and vloggers to destinations in the country.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

New case of a privatization project stuck in Greece's logjam

It looks likely that Greek state sell-off fund TAIPED is set to face a similar case to that involving the development of the plot at Elliniko, this time concerning a 40-million-euro tourism investment at Aghios Ioannis in Halkidiki, central Macedonia.The 253,000 square meter plot was sold to the Mentekidis family in 2015, but no construction license has been issued yet.This could take a while as Kathimerini newspaper understands the local forestry authority has decided to characterize 70 percent of the plot as forestland, hampering the investment further.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: ekathimerini.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Marinas Association wins bid to host ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in 2018

The Greek Marinas Association (GMA) has been announced as host of the 2018 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) during the meeting of the ICOMIA Marinas Group in Vancouver, Canada on 14 October. The world-renowned travelling Conference will be held 25 – 27 October 2018 in Athens, Greece.The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference is the key initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s Outreach and Support Programme. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.IWMC is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), the committee born out of ICOMIA`s recognition that ensuring boat owners a safe and convenient place to berth, moor or launch their boat is vital to the future of the industry.An active and prominent member of IMG since 2011, GMA was established in 2010 in order to represent, upgrade and promote the tourist ports and marina facilities throughout Greece. Its membership includes 77% of the total regional berthing capacity, and includes both public and private members all of which are well organised marinas focusing on quality, safety and customer satisfaction. Stavros Katsikadis, president of the GMA highlighted the importance of this win for Greek marinas and the city of Athens: "I'm confident IWMC 2018 will be a high-performing, world class event. Delegates will benefit from quality content and the expertise of the exceptional international speakers IWMC attracts. Athens promises to them an unforgettable experience".Roberto Perocchio, IMG Chairman, praised the GMA win: "The Greek coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the world for nautical tourism, and the international community of marina operators will now gather there in 2018 to discuss global trends and be inspired by the new marina investments that can be developed in this country thanks to privatisation programmes, urban waterfront rejuvenation projects and increased importance of tourism economy”. Perocchio added, “The Mayor of Athens has expressed his full support of IWMC 2018, as have other local and national authorities – this confirms the leading role that Greece plays at an international level in the field of yachting facilities and services".The decision to award GMA the bid was made during IMG’s autumn meeting, held 12-14 October 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, which 13 IMG members attended and included a tour of 10 marinas on the west coast of Canada. Hosted by Sara Anghel, Executive Director of NMMA Canada, the Group saw marinas suitable for sailboats, smaller power boats and large yachts. “NMMA Canada was honoured and pleased to have the opportunity to host the IMG meeting in Canada. The recreational boating industry in Canada is worth $10 billion CDN in revenues and $5.6 billion in GDP impact. There are nearly 1500 marinas in Canada and almost half of Canada’s population goes boating each year.”The IWMC series is highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology. More information on the programme for 2018, sponsorship opportunities and delegate registration will be announced in due course.For more information please contact [email protected] TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Michael W. Pendergrass License: CC-BY-SALet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Tourism Confederation’s head Yiannis Retsos: SETE alongside local communities

Greek Tourism Confederation's (SETE) ambitious strategy for a holistic sustainable tourism development that will substantially interlink the industry with other sectors, such as agri-food and culture, was developed by Association President Yiannis Retsos, who addressed the 16th SETE Conference today."Every region of our country has a wealth of local agri-food products as well as cultural heritage, customs and traditions. It is our priority not only to preserve them, but also to interconnect and highlight them through tourism", Mr. Retsos stressed and added:"We must be present in all the destinations of our country, both the established and the less developed, with constant offers and interaction."He also unveiled that SETE leadership has already conducted informative tours to various destinations across the country such as Alexandroupolis, Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, Santorini, Corfu and Crete."We want to hear the voice and the anxieties of all the people who make up the long chain of tourism," Retsos said and continued:"Let us record the needs and try together to find solutions to the issues that arise. Thus, we will be able to maximize the contribution of tourism and expand its benefits. During next week, we will be visiting Rhodes while other meetings will also follow in Ioannina, Lamia and Tripoli. Our aim is to be at the core of Greek tourism. Right alongside the small or big professional, next to the Greek producer. Close to the local communities. To record the issues that must be resolved immediatelly and shape the agenda of the debate right where the heart of Greek tourism beats."RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)