Pygmalion and Galatea11-05-2013 17:15Pygmalion was the king of Cyprus who fell in love with a statue of his own creation. Pigmalion had long been a bachelor because of the dubious morals of the women around him. But, he carved an ivory statue of a woman of such a striking beauty that he soon fell in love with.
Pygmalion got a deep passion over his own creation. He kissed and embraced the statue, gave it gifts and adorned it with fine clothing and jewelry. One day there was the feast of Aphrodite, goddess of love and passion. Pigmalion offered rich sacrifices to the goddess and prayed to be granted a wife like the ivory statue or, in another version prayed for the statue itself to become alive as his wife.
Aphrodite, honored by his rich sacrifices offered to her, she brought the statue to life and the woman has come to be known as Galatea. Pygmalion and Galatea got married and fathered a son, Paphos and a daughter, Metharme.
In another version of the myth, the statue was depicting the goddess Aphrodite herself and she actually mated with Pygmalion. The name of their son, Paphos has been given to a town of Cyprus.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
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