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Saint Nicholas of Porto Lagos, Greece’s Unique ”Floating Monastery”

The monastery of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) in Porto Lagos, Xanthi in Thrace is a unique religious monument, not simply because of its location...

Santa Claus or Saint Basil? The Eternal Greek Christmastime Paradox

Although Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is the figure that all nations with Christian traditions associate with Christmas, one major difference exists between the...

How Did Saint Nicholas, Commemorated on December 6th, Become Santa Claus?

In Greece they call him Agios Vasilis (Saint Basil) -- but in the rest of the world he is the jolly, plump old man with...

Magical Scenes of Naoussa’s Snow-Covered St. Nicholas Park

Majestic nature scenes have been captured by photographers all over Greece as successive weather fronts swept during the first week of 2019 brought freezing temperatures...

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