Saint Mark’s Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello.
The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The idea of sustainable Tourism indicates a kind of travelling that respects the planet, it doesn’t alter the natural, social and artistic environment and it doesn’t inhibit the growth of social and economic activities. It is a kind of tourism opposite to mass tourism and it tends to promote the weakest economies.
Greece – 2 Euro, Archeological site of Philippi, 2017 (proof)
Philippi was a city in eastern Macedonia, in the Edonis region. Its original name was Crenides after its establishment by Thasian colonists in 360/359 BC. The city was renamed by Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest. The present municipality, Filippoi, is located near the ruins of the ancient city and is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace in Kavalla, Greece. It was made a World Heritage Site in 2016.
Commemorative 2 Euro 2017, 60 YEARS IN MEMORIAM OF NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS (1883-1957).
Universally recognised as a giant of modern Greek literature, Kazantzakis was nominated for the Nobel Prize in nine different years.
Commemorative 2 euro coins issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece.
The ‘Seven Point Star’ symbolizes the “Ionian Dimension” (“ΙΟΝΙΑ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ”): the ‘Group of Seven Islands’ in the Ionian Sea bore and inspired outstanding representatives in the fields of Art, important musicians, poets, painters and politicians. Clockwise from top, the visuals symbolize the following islands: Corfu’s emblem is the “apedalos naus” (“ΑΠΗΔΑΛΟ ΝΑΥΣ”: ship without steering gear), as ‘Great Nautical Powers’ were attributed to the island and its sailors were well known for their nautical abilities and skills since ancient times . Zakynthos is represented by the sacrificial tripod of Apollo — Ithaca: Odysseus is depicted with the anciant hat Pileus “ΠΙΛΟ” — Paxi’s emblem is a trident “ΤΡΙΠΟΥΣ”: according to a mythological tale, it was created when Poseidon hit the island of Corfu with his trident, splitting it in two — Kythira, the island of celestial Aphrodite, is symbolized by her ‘emergence from the sea’ “ΚΥΘΕΡEΙΑ ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ” — Lefkada is represented by the ‘Apolonian harp’ (“Απολλώνια Άρπα”), symbol for its ‘Great Musical Tradition’ — Cephalonia’s emblem is its mythical hero Cephalus, depicted with his hound and spear.
EL GRECO. Commemorative 2 euro coin issued to commemorate the 400 years since the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos.
El Greco, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 7 April 1614), was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. “El Greco” (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his national Greek origin.
El Greco was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within that tradition before traveling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done. In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works. During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.