The Greek hymn comes from a poem whose title could be translated as Hymn to Freedom (Ode to Freedom). This poem is 158 stanzas long and was written by the eminent Greek poet Dionysios Solomos (originally from the island of Zakynthos). It later became the national anthem of Cyprus.
One of the interesting souvenirs you can bring back from your holiday in Greece is the "mat├│chandro". This is the symbol of the "blue eye", whose function is to protect its owner from evil powers.
The beauty and uniqueness of Greece and the Greek islands enchant not only us, tourists and adventurers, but often also the producers of films of various genres. So let's take a look at a list of the most famous films whose scenes were shot in Greece. Maybe we'll give you a tip for tonight's film!
Olives are the fruit of the olive tree and are used to produce a very high quality olive oil, as well as being eaten on their own and used in various dishes. The excellent properties of olives and olive oil were used by the ancient Greeks and Greek olives are rightly considered to be among the best quality. Green and dark olives are the best known - they are the same species, only green olives are the unripe form of dark olives.
The olive tree has become an important symbol throughout history. Jews consider it to be a proof and expression of prosperity, for Muslims the olive tree is a sacred tree, in antiquity it was a symbol of peace, prosperity and fertility. In Athens, the olive wreath on the door was a sign that the son had gone out into the world, and the olive tree is also associated with the myth of the creation of Athens. The losers of war also used the olive branch to beg for mercy, and the olive tree is mentioned in the biblical story of Noah and the flood of the world.
Olive oil is a vegetable oil obtained from olives (Olea europaea) by pressing or other mechanical processes. It is mainly used in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Olive oil is a typical component of Mediterranean cuisine. Consumption of olive oil is considered to be beneficial to health because it contains monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a cultivated herb whose medicinal properties were used by the ancient Egyptians. And we still encounter it today. Fenugreek is mainly used in natural medicine and, to a lesser extent, in gastronomy.