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Notable people from Crete include:
+ Nikos Kazantzakis, author, born in Heraklion
+ Odysseas Elytis, poet, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1979, born in Heraklion.Descendant of the Alepoudellis, an old industrial family from Lesbos, Elytis was born in Heraklion on the island of Crete, on November 2, 1911. His family later moved to Athens, where the poet graduated from high school and later attended courses as an auditor at the Law School at University of Athens.
From 1969–1972, under the Greek military junta of 1967–1974, Elytis exiled himself to Paris. He was romantically linked to the lyricist and musicologist Mariannina Kriezi, who subsequently produced and hosted the legendary children's radio broadcast "Here Lilliput Land". Elytis was intensely private and vehemently solitary in pursuing his ideals of poetic truth and experience.In 1979 the Nobel Prize in Literature was bestowed on him.
+ Vitsentzos Kornaros, Renaissance author from Sitia, who lived in Heraklion (then Candia)
+ El Greco, Renaissance artist, born in Fodele
+Nana Mouskouri, singer, born in Chania
Nana Mouskouri (Greek: Nάνα Μούσχουρη, pronounced [ˈnana ˈmusxuri]), born Iōánna Moúschouri (Greek: Ιωάννα Μούσχουρη [ioˈana ˈmusxuri]) on October 13, 1934, in Chania, Crete, Greece, is a Greek singer. She is one of the most famous singers in music history, having sold more than 300 million records (vinyl and CD). She was known as "Nána" to her friends and family as a child.
+Eleftherios Venizelos, former Greek Prime Minister, born in Chania Prefecture
+Nikos Stratakis, contemporary painter born in Heraklion
+Constantinos Daskalakis, Associate Professor at MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.
+Ross Daly, musician who has lived in Crete for most of his life, originally from Ireland
Ross Daly (born 29 September 1952 in King's Lynn, Norfolk) is a world musician who specializes in music of the Cretan lyra. Although of Irish descent, he has been living on the island of Crete for over 35 years.In 1982 he established an educational institution called Labyrinth Musical Workshop,in the village of Houdetsi in Crete, twenty kilometres south of the capital city of Herakleion. More than 250 instruments that Daly collected during his travels are on show and hundreds of students from all over the world come to study with renowned international teachers of modal music each year.
+Georgios Samaras, football player, born in Heraklion
+Eleni Daniilidou, tennis player, born in Chania
+John Aniston, actor, best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives, father of Jennifer Aniston.
+Jennifer Joanna Aniston was born on February 11, 1969,in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow.
Her father is Greek and a native of Crete, while her mother was born in New York City. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was an Italian immigrant,and her mother’s other ancestry is Scottish, Irish, and a small amount of Greek.Aniston has two half- brothers, John Melick, her maternal older half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother.Aniston’s godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of her father’s best friends.
+Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, a.k.a. the Fisherman of Halikarnas, Turkish writer
+Nick Dandolos, a.k.a. Nick the Greek, professional gambler and high roller
Modern period, 1898–today
High Commissioners of the Cretan State
Crete became an autonomous state under international protection and nominal Ottoman suzerainty following the Greco-Turkish War of 1897. A High Commissioner of the Great Powers (Ύπατος Αρμοστής) was installed to govern the island. In 1908, the Cretan Assembly unilaterally declared union with Greece, but this was not recognized by Greece until the outbreak of the First Balkan War in October 1912 and internationally until 1913.
Governors-General of Crete
From unification with Greece in 1912 until 1955, Crete as a whole was administered by a government-appointed governor-general (Greek: Γενικός Διοικητής Κρήτης), who supervised the administration of the island's four prefectures (Chania, Heraklion, Lasithi and Rethymno).
Regional governors of Crete
With the establishment of the region of Crete (Περιφέρεια Κρήτης) in 1986, Crete became again an administrative entity. Until 2011, the regional governors (περιφερειάρχες) were government-appointed, but in accordance to the Kallikratis reform they were replaced with elected officials.
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The Battle of Crete (German:Luftlande
schlacht um Kreta;
Greek: Μάχη της
Κρήτης) was fought ...
variously as Idha, Ídhi, Idi, Ita and now Psiloritis (Greek: Ψηλορείτης, "high mountain"), is the highest mountain on Crete. Located in the Rethymno
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The Phaistos Disc (also spelled Phaistos Disk,
Phaestos Disc) is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace...
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The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The
Dikti or Dicte (Greek: Δίκτη) (also Lasithiotika Ori, Greek: Λασιθιώτικα Όρη) is a mountain range on the east of the island of Crete in the regional unit of Lasithi. On the west it extends to the regional unit of Heraklion. According to the Greek Mythology, Zeus was reared on this mountain in a cave called Dictaeon Andron (Psychro Cave). On the north of the main massif, the plateau of Lasithi is located. Read more
Episkopi Ierapetras is a village on the Greek island of Crete. Episkopi belongs to the municipality of Ierapetra in the prefecture of Lasithi. It lies north of Ierapetra in the middle of the narrowest part of the island. The village has approximately one thousand inhabitants.
The village was established during the Minoan period, probably between 2500 and 2000 BCE. Is located..Read more
Right next to the archaeological site of Malia, a beautiful sandy beach makes the difference. The scenery includes tamarisk trees, crystal clear waters, a small river that spills into the sea (and makes the water a bit chiller!) and many sea urchins on the rocks – in case you are a fan of this mezze! It may be organized but still differs from the rest of the beaches in the area, as it is more peaceful, there is plenty Read more
Single room church of 12th century with unique frescoes from 14th century.Lies in Agios Nikolaos - Crete Read more