A giant waterspout spotted off the Greek island of Kythera


History of the Greek island of Kythera

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

Venetian rule marked the culture and idiosyncrasy of the Kytherians. He contributed to their excellence in the arts, politics and commerce.

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

Several Greek politicians and academics are from Kythera. General Panos Koroneos was Minister of War in the mid-1800s; Panagiotis Tsitsilias was a member of the Liberal Party; Spiridon Stais was deputy of Harilaos Trikoupis’ party and Minister of Education.

In addition, Grigorios Kassimatis was a distinguished scholar; Deputy Grigorios L. Kassimatis fought in the Resistance; Giorgos Kassimatis was one of the most distinguished professors of the Faculty of Law of Athens and a writer.

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

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

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