Cretan Personalities

The great Personalities of Crete

Crete has always been the birthplace of strong personalities. Starting from Zeus, the God of Gods, who was born in a cave on the Cretan Mountains; King Minos who founded the famous Minoan settlement of Knossos; Saint Titus, who was baptized by Apostle Paul and became the first bishop of Crete; Vitsentzos Kornaros, who is considered the leading poet of the Cretan Renaissance over to the world famous El Greco, who was born in a village outside Heraklion.

The grand politician Eleftherios Venizelos who served several times as Prime Minister of Greece; the Cretan Runner Yorgos Psychountakis, who helped communicate messages between Greek and allied forces during World War II; the writer Nikos Kazantzakis , who won the Nobel Prize of Literature for his translation of the Oddysey; the poet Odysseas Elytis , who wrote the grandiose poem To Axion Esti; the composer Mikis Theodorakis , whose beautiful music has traveled to all major concert halls around the world; the Archangel of Crete Nikos Xylouris , one of the best performers of Cretan traditional music and his brother Psarantonis , who continues the legend with his own, unique style; one of the most promising young Cretan artists, Lute virtuoso Michalis Tzouganakis and the Irish self-exiled multi-instrumentalist Ross Daly .

The list goes on and on. Singer and politician Nana Mouskouri; the former Mayor of Athens Dora Bakogianni; 2004 Olympics Chairwoman Gianna Angelopoulou-Daskalaki; two time Emmy Award winner and art director of the National Geographic Society Yorgos Lampathakis; 1996 Olympic Gold Medal winner Nikos Kaklamanakis (wind surfing); Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston; Mister World Model of 1994 Nikos Papadakis; International football star Nikos Machlas and the legendary gambler Nick the Greek, who was born in Rethymnon.