The birthplace home of noted Greek poet Kostis Palamas’ in the western city of Patras is going to be sold, media reports said. The historic neoclassical style house located in the center of the city had fallen into disrepair, much like other traditional buildings that Greece has abandoned.
There was no interest in restoring it as his descendants live in Switzerland and the municipal government has left it to be. A For Sale sign, with an asking price of 1.6 million euros ($2.16 million) has been on the building for some time.
The sad condition of the building and the lack of interest it in comes during a crushing economic crisis when home prices and values have plummeted and it’s difficult to find buyers even for choice properties.
Palamas died in 1943 at age 84. Among his works, he wrote the lyrics to the Olympic Hymn. He has been informally called the “national” poet of Greece and was closely associated with the struggle to rid Modern Greece of “purist” language and with political liberalism. He dominated literary life for 30 or more years and greatly influenced the entire political-intellectual climate of his time.