History of the Greek Flag
The Greek Flag consists of nine horizontal blue and white bands and features a blue field with a white cross in the top left corner of the flag. The white cross in the corner symbolizes the primary religion in Greece, Greek Orthodox. The color white represents the clouds and the crest of the waves in the sea. The blue color is symbolic of the sky and the seas that surround Greece. The nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the Greek phrase that translates as "Freedom or Death." During the Hellenic Revolution and the battle for independence these words were shouted out by the fighters.
The blue stripes represent the Greek word for "freedom" as there are 5 blue lines and the Greek word has five syllables. It is also thought that the colors blue and white are used on the Greek flag as they were the colors of the uniform that the soldiers who fought in battle wore. Another myth or superstition according to the Greeks is that the color blue wards off all evil. The Greek flag is known as the "Galanolefki" which translates as "blue and white" and was adopted on March 15th, 1822.
Greece is a country in Southeast Europe that shares borders with, Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Its capital city is called Athens. Greece consists of over 2000 islands, only 170 of those islands are inhabited. The biggest Greek island is Crete. Greece was ruled by different countries and empires for over 2,000 years, which include the Romans during the 2nd Century and Turkey for 400 years. Greece is one of the oldest nations in Europe and the Greek language is the oldest still in use today and a lot of the English language is derived from Greek. Greece is renowned for its mathematicians and philosophers and a lot of mathematical concepts and ideas used today originated from the Greeks.
Greece is one of the most popular countries visited by tourists, with over 16.5 million tourists a year and is home to more museums (archaeological) than any other country in the world. The most popular tourist attraction in Greece is the Famous Temple, "The Parthenon." This structure was built over 2500 years ago and took 15 years to complete. It sits on the Acropolis and is home to many colorful sculptures and a gold and ivory statue of the Goddess, Athena. The most popular location in Greece for tourists, is the Greek island of "Rhodes." Rhodes is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, "The Colossus of Rhodes." The majority of the time, people who visit Greece once always return as there are so many beautiful islands to visit that are all so unique and full of history, as well as home to many stunning, sandy beaches.
Greece National Anthem
Hymn to Liberty
I know it's you from the edge
of the sword, the terrible one
I recognize you from the look
which with hardness surveys the land
drawn from the bones
of the Greeks, the sacred ones
and, valiant as first
hail, o hail, Liberty!