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Great Cretan Personalities
Nikos Kazantzakis

Born in Heraklio in 1883, poet, author and philosopher Níkos Kazantzákis became Greece’s highly controversial, foremost figure in 20th century Greek literature.

El Greco

The most unusual painter of 16th century Europe, El Greco combined the strict Byzantine style of his homeland Crete with influences he received during his studies in Venice. Born in Candia in 1541, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, as his real name was, was an artist of unequalled talent.

Eleftherios Venizelos

The airport of Athens, streets and squares; they all bear the name of Elefthérios Venizélos, the charismatic Cretan politician, who dedicated his life to guiding his country through its most critical per*iod of contemporary history.