March 21, 1994 |
Modern artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and others, estimated as worth more than $500,000, have been stolen from an Athens museum, police said Saturday. The 38 lithographs and prints by some of the world's most distinguished painters and sculptors belonged to a private collection on display at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation since Feb. 7. Prints by Spanish painter Joan Miro, French painter Fernand Leger and Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti were among works missing from the foundation.
February 26, 2012 |
Greek opinion is divided over the government's plan to offer the Parthenon and other heritage sites as film and photo backdrops to raise revenue during its current economic crisis. "This is sacrilege!" one Greek tour guide protested. But others thought that, humbling though the measure might be, it was at least better than begging for foreign bailouts. For some Greeks, the debate may have evoked a sense of déjà vu. Pericles, the great Athenian statesman, also proposed raiding the Parthenon to meet a shortfall, nearly 2,500 years ago - challenging the boundaries not just of good taste but of religious taboo.
December 28, 1991
I must take exception to some of William Wilson's comments about Catherine's excesses. He fails to realize that the history of civilization is a pageant of excesses--some excesses that challenged, pushed and pressed men to produce and achieve some mastery of their talents and artistry. One can look at the renowned buildings of Europe, the cathedrals, the palaces, the Egyptian pyramids, the Sphinx, the Great Wall of China, the Acropolis and marble statues of Greece. Each country has its marvels that repay their costs in excess of their original outlay.
December 15, 2012 |
ATHENS - Hundreds of Greeks and activists from 19 other European countries took to the streets of Athens on Saturday in protest against a far-right party that critics fear could feed extremism across the continent. The rally against Golden Dawn, viewed by many as one of the more dangerous groups of reactionaries in Europe, comes amid reports of increased vigilantism and attacks on migrants waged by its members and supporters since the party catapulted onto Greece's tumultuous political landscape in June, winning 18 seats in the nation's 300-member parliament.
October 11, 2013 |
ATHENS - Locals called Pittaki Street a "public toilet. " Drug addicts and petty criminals frequented the narrow lane, steps from a popular plaza where tourists exploring Greece angle for shots of the looming Acropolis. The scraggle of remaining residents kept to themselves. Graffiti and broken windows adorned grimy walls. Two dimly illuminating streetlights dangled overhead. "It was a very nasty place where you didn't want to live," Stephania Xydia said as she stood looking down the avenue's 200 feet, dusk spilling over the rooftops.
March 9, 1986 |
Everyone in Europe, including the tourists, complains about the tourists, hordes of them, arriving by plane, train and bus and swarming all over the landscape. Dreadful. But now something is being done about this profitable problem. Greece is inviting those same tourists to visit in the winter and swarm all they want. The country is gearing up for round-the-year visitors, and if you have ever bucked the mobs on the Acropolis in July, you will appreciate the calm delights of uncrowded winter.