Greece is a fascinating country with more history than just about any other and breathtaking natural landscape. The Greek culture is rich with mythology, delicious cuisine, and stunning architecture, among many other things. Take a step into ancient history and discover the unknown treasures of Greece and surprising facts about this remarkable country.
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The capital of Greece
One of Greece's largest and most delicious exports are olives. Some of the olive trees that are still harvested today were planted as long ago as the thirteenth century. The olive tree shows up often in Greek literature and historical artifacts.
The country includes over 200 islands scattered throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Greece's largest island is Crete, whose area is 3,189 square miles. Crete is also the fifth largest island in the entire Mediterranean Sea.
Many Greek buildings are painted at least partially a special shade of blue. You can find it painted on window sills, door ways, roofs, and the domes of church buildings. This color of blue, called kyanos, was believed by ancient inhabitants to ward off evil. The Greek word kyanos is the origin of the English word cyan.
The Greek flag is made up of 9 stripes of blue and white. The blue is meant to represent the beautiful, bright waters that surround the country. The white stripes represent the purity of freedom for which the Greek people had to struggle to obtain for themselves. The cross in the upper left corner represents the Eastern Orthodox Christianity that is the established religion of Greece.
The capital, Athens, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city has existed for over 7,00 years. Many things were born in Athens, including democracy, the Olympic games, and much of modern math and philosophy. More than thirty percent of Greece's population live there today.
The currency of Greece
is the Euro(EUR)
Flag of Greece
Greece belongs to the European continent
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Airports in Greece
Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
Mikonos Island, Mikonos Airport
Cyclades Islands, Naxos Airport
Paros Community Airport
Rhodes - Maritsa
and Kratikós Aerodóiméus Thesalloníkis Makedonia
Leaders of Greece
Map of Greece
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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Greece
39 00 N, 22 00 E
Kilometers of coastline
Square kilometers of land
Square kilometers of water
1,140 square kilometers
9.62 / 1000 population
10.33 / 1000 population
14,530 sq km
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