Flag of Greece by Debra Martz
From many areas around Athens, the Greek flag can be seen waving in the wind atop the acropolis. After seeing it so many times before arriving at the Acropolis, I knew I had to get a photograph of it alone against the sky.
"History of the Greek Flag
The current flag was only officially adopted by Greece on December 22, 1978.An earlier version of the Greek flag had a diagonal cross in the corner instead of the square one now used. This version of the flag dates back to 1822, just after Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.
Meanings and Symbolism of the Greek Flag
The nine stripes are said to represent the number of syllables in the Greek phrase "Eleutheria H Thanatos", usually translated as "Freedom or Death!", a battle cry during the final revolt against the Ottoman Occupation.The equal-armed cross represents the Greek Orthodox church, the predominant religion of Greece and the only officially-recognized one. The Church played a crucial role in the fight for independence against the Ottomans, and rebellious monks fought vigorously against the Ottomans.
The color blue represents the sea which is so important to Greeceand such a major portion of its economy. The white represents the waves on the ocean. Blue has also always been a color of protection, seen in the blue eye amulets used to ward off evil, and white is seen as the color of purity.
As in Greek mythology, there are always other versions and explanations. Some say the nine stripes on the Greek flag represent the Nine Muses of Greek myth, and that the colors of blue and white represent Aphrodite rising up from the seafoam." quoted info from gogreece.about.com
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April 16th, 2015
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