its' true Lesvos.
Enjoy the shades of transparency on Lesvos' Horizons, beyond the line of your eyes.....
"The international community must see what is happening in this corner of the world. It must realize the size of the problem and understand it. These people should stop being 'somebody else' and must become the refugees that we must stand by them and support them"
EUROPA'S FACE ON A COIN, FIRST IN THE WORLD , IN 340BC, LESVOS, BY THE CITY OF MYTILENE
Europa was one of the many beautiful maidens abducted by Zeus. She was out in the field picking flowers with her friends when a white bull showed up. She climbed on its back and it ran away with her. Later she found out it was really Zeus and she bore him three sons: Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon. When she married the King of Crete, he adopted them and they became Kings on their own eventually.
Thermi: A 3200 BC fully organised town , its maquet by its prehistroic ruins lies there is the only prehistoric site in Lesvos excavated systematically. The excavations brought to light an early urban character of the city in seven successive building phases of the Early (Warm I - IV, 3200 - 2400 BC), Middle and Late Bronze Age (2000- 1300 BC)
Did you now that Lesvos had its own Acropolis since the Homer time,
built where the Byzantine castle lies today,
and that Lesvos was the first capital of Europe that introduced Democracy?
This is one of the multiple historical treasures the Municipality of Lesvos aims to share with the world, bidding for
the nomination of Mytilene, Lesvos as European of Culture in 2021
The first settlement on the ancient island dates back to the 4th millennium BC.
As early as in 770 BC, three centuries before the Golden Age of Pericles that built the Acropolis in Athens,
Lesvos introduced the first democratic republic in Europe.
Lesvos offers some of the best birding in the Medi
The number of species recorded in Lesvos stands at 332 as by December 31, 2014. Pygmy Cormorant is one of the more unusual winter visitors with odd birds seen around coastal areas. Numbers of Great Cormorant increase too. Red-breasted Merganser join increasing numbers of wintering wildfowl, including scarcer species such as Pochard. Marsh and Hen Harriers hunt the open areas, particular around the coast. Numbers of Black Redstart, Blackbird and Song Thrush continue to increase, and will increase further if mainland Turkey sees a cold snap.
For four weeks each spring birders from across Europe converge on this outpost of Europe
Theophrastus of Eressus (Greek: Θεόφραστος; c. 371–287 BC) who has been frequently referred to as the ”Father of Botany”.
He was a student and close friend of Aristotle (384–322 BC) and succeeded him as head of the Lyceum (an educational establishment like a modern university) in Athens with its tradition of peripatetic philosophy. Together with Aristotle he had tutored Alexander the Great whose military conquests were carried out with all the scientific resources of the day, the Lyceum garden probably containing many botanical trophies collected during his campaigns as well as other explorations in distant lands.It was in this garden where he gained much of his plant knowledge. more
"Someday, someone in some future time will think of us"
Sappho, Skala Eressos
"...Gracious your form and your eyes as honey : desire is poured upon your lovely face Aphrodite has honored you exceedingly...” Sappho, ancient Greek lyric poet.
She was born on the isle of Mytilini and lived in the 7th Century BC Sculptures from the new Acropolis Museum in Athens , find that
Travel in time by the echoes of the lyre and the lyrics of Sapho
Alice Markantonatou, the musician who revives today the original lyrics of Sappho with ancient musical instruments.
In antiquity the Lyre was made from tortoise-shell, animal’s horns and gut strings.
There is a beautiful myth that Hermes created the first one from a tortoise that was walking outside the cave he was born, and eventually he gave the Lyre, as a present, to Apollo, to calm him down for stealing his herd of cattle. Since then (Homer’s times), this instrument is known as Apollo’s Lyre, and became the instrument that young students were taught music and lyrical poetry in the Classical Years.There is one found in Athens, from 5C. B.C, exhibited in the British Museum. Above, from the official Municipality's presentation for Lesvos' Nomination of European Capital of Culture 2021 go to our special post
History and culture are overflowing at the island of Mytilene which stood "upright" facing the refugees crisis, and proved that this is the expression of Culture Europe should show to the world . This is the reason Mytilene and the whole island of Lesvos are bidding for the nomination of Europan Capital Culture in the year 2021, and this is the percpective the Municipliyty of Lesvos and the Mayor Spyros Galinos presented it on Monday November 16, at the Acropols Museum
The Mayor Spyros Galenos opened his speech expressing his sorrow for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, stressing that after that Friday, on November 13, Europe will never be the same, while he primarioy sent a message of unity from the side of the whole society of Lesbos against the act of "barbarism" as he named the attacks .
The mayor of Lesvos reminded to the Greek and international community presenting the nomination for the European Culture Capital that apart from Lesvos' island comparative advantages and qualifications for winning this candidacy , it is the humanitarian approach of Mytilini to the refugees influx that shook the world and the paradigm of humanity that shook world opinion, love and compassion that you meet on the shores of the island. "
As then told the mayor of Mytilene, the island has not only cultural safeguards to claim the nomination but he has proved that the island culture is the main tool to manage a crisis.
The Deputy Mayor of Culture Costas Astyrakakis and Artistic Director for the European Capital of Culture - Mytilene-Lesvos 2021, Vassilis Anastasiou, presented their candidacy.
Initially, there was the presentation of a film production office claiming of Cultural Capital with the signing of Mytilene in origin, photographer Gella Chatzidimitriou.
Followed recitation by actor Chris CHATZIPANAGIOTOU combined with poems of Sappho by composer and composer Nikos Xanthoulis will sing and play ancient seven-stringed lyre.
" Dedicated to timeless European values,
awarded with the new title of Capital of solidarity,
we all work together and claim a new title, that of European Capital of Culture for 2021.
In this effort we hope to find you all on our side."
"..Dear Friends, the touristic
promotion of Lesvos, is one of the major priorities of the Municipal Authority of Lesvos. From ancient times to the present day, Lesvos has always been an island of distinct historic, intellectual and cultural significance. Lesvos is a destination that can please and satisfy every visitor. It is ideal for peaceful family vacations, visits to numerous attractions and museums, for religious and spa tourism, but also for the younger crowds. We aspire to make our island widely known, as an ideal destination, a natural paradise, where everything is genuine, original and lively. A land where you are captivated by nature’s games with the sea and coastline, warm hospitality of the locals, unique local products, and distinct character. Lesvos is an island that bedazzles visitors with its beauty, serenity and authenticity.
I urge you to visit the great island of Lesvos and discover its unique beauties. Have a great vacation!
The mayor of Lesvos
Spyros Galinos, DECEMBER 2, 2015
Spyros Galinos ,OCTOBER 2015
“We have not received any financial support from the European Union whatsoever,” he told The Independent on Sunday. “What we do, we do from our own budget.”
Mr Galinos, the son of a hero of the Greek resistance against Nazi occupation, is not just demanding external funding, though; from his grand Ataturk-era office he is proposing European-wide solutions, including a plan to resettle refugees in the EU direct from Turkey, as well as launching a bid for the island to be named the European Capital of Culture in 2021.
“We are currently filing the application as we need to show the rest of Europe what we have learned and what refugees have to offer us,” he said.
From Vrisa, Lesvos to the "top" of Harvard. Three of his innovative methods do rank the 74 year old Ophtalmology Professor from Vrisa among the top 100 opthalmologists worldwide, and the Harvard Unversity in Massachussets has given his name to the specialised Chair of Studies while hunging his portrait in the auditorium of the Clinic Eye and Ear Massachusetts and while his bust graces the Harvard Campus courtyard FIND THAT
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