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A Distinguished Cretan

By Linda Tancs

Born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete (the largest and most populous of the Greek islands), the painter popularly known as El Greco was in a class by himself, marrying Byzantine and Western traditions in a way that exposed his personal faith and vision. One of his early works, “Mount Sinai,” is exhibited in a specially designed hall of Heraklion’s Historical Museum. Elsewhere, Crete’s distinguished son is memorialized in a bust at El Greco Park. Although his fame was firmly established in Toledo, Spain, he never ceased to mention his Cretan roots by signing all his works “Made by Domenikos Theotokopoulos the Cretan.”

Old Charm in Crete

By Linda Tancs

Rethymno, one of the four provinces of Crete, is its third largest city, offering views of the White Mountains in the West and Mount Psiloritis in the East.   There’s more to this metropolis than meets the eye, however.  In fact, there’s plenty of retro in this metro.  Consider the postcard-perfect harbor with its wooden boats.  Or the cobbled streets.  Or the fortress in the old town section, built by the Turks to protect against invaders.  Not to mention the Venetian-style mansions.  All this and great beaches, too.  Festival season starts later this month, so start packing.  Ferries depart daily from Athens.

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