Cretan celebrities

Domenico Theotokopoulos ('El Greco', 1541-1614)

Domenico Theotokopoulos ('El Greco', 1541-1614)

Renaissance painter, born in Fodele near Heraklion.



Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936)

Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936)

The greatest statesman of Greece.



Epimenides af Knossos (semi-mythical 6. cent. BC)

Epimenides af Knossos (semi-mythical 6. cent. BC)

Greek philosopher and mystic.



Michalis Damaskinos (1530-1591)

Michalis Damaskinos (1530-1591)

Painter. Representative of 'the Cretan school' of art.



Kong Minos (mythical figure)

Kong Minos (mythical figure)

Mythical king from the Greek mythology.



Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957)

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957)

The greatest Greek writer of the 20. Century.



Vitsentzos Kornaros (??–1677)

Vitsentzos Kornaros (??–1677)

The author of 'Erotokritos'. A matserpiece in Greek renaissance litterature.



Kalliroi Siganou-Parren (1859–1940)

Kalliroi Siganou-Parren (1859–1940)

Journalist, writer and feminist activist.



Nana Mouskouri (1934-)

Nana Mouskouri (1934-)

Internationally renowned singer.



Georgios Samaras (1985-)

Georgios Samaras (1985-)

International football player.



Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996)

Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996)

Internationally renowned poet. Received the Nobel prize in 1979.