Huge waterspout off the Greek island of Kythera. sighted

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History of the Greek island of Kythera

Kythera
Medieval Castle of Kythera, Chora. Credit: Ziegler175 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Venetian rule shaped the culture and character of the Kytherians. It contributed to her excellence in art, politics, and business.

Because of the historical relationship between the Ionian Islands and Italy, many Kytherians studied in Italian cities.

Several Greek politicians and prominent academics are from Kythera. General Panos Koroneos served as Minister of War in the mid-19th century; Panagiotis Tsitsilias was a member of the Liberal Party; Spiridon Stais was a member of the Harilaos Trikoupis Party and Minister of Education.

Grigorios Kassimatis was also a respected academic; MP Grigorios L. Kassimatis fought in the resistance; Giorgos Kassimatis was one of the most prominent professors in the Athens Law School and a writer.

In the arts and literature, Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) – also known for his Lefkada roots – is Japan’s national poet and lived in Kythera during the second half of the 19th century.

The painter Georgios Drizos, the engraver and lithographer Vasilios Charos, the painter and engraver Manolis Charos, the photographers Panagiotis Fatseas and Manolis Sofios were all artists whose work represents an invaluable cultural heritage for the island.


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