Tag: Kolokotronis

  • Kifissia, Athens - He sings about the achievements of Kolokotronis

    Father Chris Kyriakopoulos is a great musician.

    "The songs about Kolokotronis touched my soul without me noticing it. Everyone used to sing in my village and in my home too. My mother used to say: In the evening we'll go visit your uncle and you can sing for us. I’ll pay you five cents for your performance. If my silence and embarrassment didn't go away she would tell me again: You better sing, otherwise I will have to give you ten cents".

  • Tripolis - They only dance next to the Greek flag


    "On the 29th of August we go to Limpovissi, for the celebration of St. Ioannis church outside the house of the Greek hero Theodoros Kolokotronis. At six o' clock in the morning we are very proud to put on our costumes and go to the church and have our arms blessed by the priest. Then we bring around the icon and have a memorial service at Kolokotronis's house. And then what? We begin to sing about Kolokotronis and the echo of the gorges gets really creepy".

  • Tricorpha, Arcadia - The barricades of Kolokotronis


    Tricorpha is a range of mountains in the east section of Maenalus, where the rebellious Greeks used to entrench themselves. The rebels' barricades are saved until today at the tops of two mounds and thrill all the visitors. It takes more than half an hour of uphill trek on a really rugged terrain to go to each one of them.

  • Tripolis - The adventure of Kolokotronis's bones

    The statue of Kolokotronis in Areos square of Tripolis.

    The tomb of Kolokotronis is in the 1st Athens Cemetery, but his bones were transferred to Tripolis in 1930 by Eleftherios Venizelos himself. There wasn’t a Greek who didn't kneel before the horse drawn carriage that carried the bones of Kolokotronis from Athens to Tripolis. Eyes welled up and hearts beat fast. Kolokotronis's bones were placed in a crypt at the base of the Heroes Memorial of 1821, which is in Areos square in Tripolis. This spot was considered sacred and every year, on March 25th, residents used to lay wreaths and organize memorials for The Old Man. Unfortunately, though, in 1942 Italian conquerors defaced the square.

  • Levidi, Gortynia - Preserving the face of Kolokotronis

    The creator of the Arcadian Museum of Art and History next to the plaster cast of Kolokotronis's face.

    Theodore Kolokotronis died in Athens on February 3rd, 1843. His remains were laid out in a church in Athens, so the public could pay its respects. While the great general was on his deathbed, an unknown artist casted his face. This way, the facial characteristics of Kolokotronis, also known in Greece as the “Old Man of the Morea*”, were salvaged. This historical and valuable cast is kept at the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Athens.

  • Elati, Gortynia - He sings rare songs about Theodoros Kolokotronis

    He sings some rare songs about Theodoros Kolokotronis, which have never been recorded in vinyl discs.

    Into the deep fir forest of Maenalus, which looks like a jungle, there's the small village called Elati. One of the ten residents left in the village, is Leonidas Zafeiropoulos, the man who has raised a flag portraying Theodoros Kolokotronis at the entrance of his shop.