This Week in Heritage: July 8th to 14th

JULY 9TH:

On this day in 1956, the island of Amorgos as very well as other islands in the Cyclades were shaken by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The damage on Amorgos was important, as was the injury on the neighboring island of Santorini. It was the premier earthquake in Greece in the 20th century (up to that issue). The shaking of the earthquake and the destructive tsunami that followed demolished 529 properties and remaining 53 persons dead and 100 others hurt.

JULY 10TH:

On this day in 1965, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark was born in a home identified as ‘Mon Repos’ on the island of Corfu. The home had served as the 18th century home of the English Governors of Corfu and was owned by the Greek Royal Spouse and children. It was also the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1921. Princess Alexia is the eldest youngster of Constantine II and Anne-Marie of Denmark, who had been King and Queen of Greece from 1964 right up until the abolition of the monarchy in1973. In between her possess birth and the beginning of her brother (Pavlos) two a long time later, Alexia was the presumptive heir to the throne of the Hellenes. She was educated at the Hellenic College in London (which her mom and dad experienced started in 1980) and then at a division of the College of Surrey, where by she gained her BA in Historical past and Training. A single calendar year later on, she acquired a Submit-Graduate Certification of Education and learning and grew to become a most important school trainer in the interior metropolis region of Southwark in London in advance of transferring to Barcelona, where she grew to become a instructor of children with developmental disabilities. In July of 1999, Alexia married Carlos Javier Morales Quintana, an architect and champion yachtsman. The pair has four young children: Arietta, Ana Maria, Carlos, and Amelia. The family life in the Canary Islands in a home developed by Carlos Javier.

JULY 13TH:

On this working day in 1965, Photis Kontoglou, the Greek writer, painter, and iconographer, passed absent at the age of 69. Lifted by his mother and his uncle, who was an abbot in a close by monastery in Aivali on the Aegean coastline of Asia Small, Kontoglou put in his childhood in the monastery, the sea, and among fishermen. In 1913, he enrolled in the Athens University of High-quality Arts. All around the time of the outbreak of Entire world War I, he determined to go away the University and journey via numerous European international locations. Following returning dwelling to Asia Minor, he and the relaxation of the Greek inhabitants of the area have been driven out of their homes. Just after numerous ordeals and hardships, Kontoglou arrived in Athens. Starting off in 1923, he used some time at Mount Athos where he found the technique of Byzantine iconography. In 1923, he became the curator of Byzantine Icons at the Byzantine Museum of Athens and two several years later on, he was appointed as Professor of Art History and Painting at the American Higher education. Kontoglou is most well known for his painting and church iconography (like the Kapnikarea Church in Athens, the monumental fresco of the Ecumenical Patriarchs of Constantinople, and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Charleston, South Carolina). In accordance to Nikos Zias, a professor of the historical past of art in the Nationwide and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Kontoglou managed to “shake the pond waters of the immutable prosperity of the interwar period of time and shaped the Greek nationwide consciousness.”

 

 

Maria Lewis

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