FAMOUS PEOPLE IN THE HISTORY OF ZAKYNTHOS
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Saint Dennis, as he is known in English, is the Patron Saint of the
island of Zakynthos. He was born in Zante in 1546 into the Venetian
ruling class – but all reports suggest that from an early age his
character was very kind and he refused all of the advantages of his
The story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis in Zakynthos
Aristotle Onassis was one of the smartest businessmen in the history
of Greece. The immigrant from Smyrni, made his first million at the age
Maria Callas, the famous opera singer, was considered the main love of his life – and during their time together they enjoyed a trip to Zante!
In 1962 on Easter Sunday, the yacht "Christina" docked in Zakynthos Harbor on its way back from the Strofades Islands, where Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis had spent Easter.
As soon as the famous duo set off for a walk in the streets of Zakynthos, the city’s residents immediately recognized them and applauded them through the streets of the town.
Onassis openly praised the courage of the Zakynthian people and the strong will they had displayed in restoring their everyday lives, following the earthquake in 1953, which had changed the face of Zakynthos forever. He also stressed that the island had all the pre-requisites necessary to become a major tourist destination. He promised that as soon as Zakynthos had developed an airport, that he would include the island within the Olympic airlines travel route.
Onassis was keen to experience Zakynthian night life while he was
here. He and Callas headed South with their party of friends, to Argassi.
They made a short stop at Mimosa Taverna before moving on to Granada
Taverna. They watched the Zakynthian Sampsarellou Orchestra at the
Granada Taverna, who played, among other melodies, the well- known
“Mandolinata of Zakynthos”.
According to press releases at the time, when Onassis and Callas appeared on the promenade at Krioneri, both the promenade and the roads were completely blocked due to the huge number of fans. The crowds that had gathered were so overwhelming, that two tourists had even ventured out to see what was going on in their night gowns! Later that evening, before the yatch Christina set sail for the northern shores of Zakynthos, Maria Callas signed an autograph for Uncle Gianni on a white linen towel.
Takis Feradouros, who was 18 years old, had been the waiter who
served Onassis and Callas at the Granada Taverna in Argassi. When
interviewed by Libro magazine, Mr. Takis was asked whether he could
recall what Onassis, Callas and their company had eaten for dinner? “It
was Easter” he explained. “They ordered lamb on the spit. They left a
very good tip!” When asked by Libro Magazine just how much money Onassis
had left him, Feradouros replied: “Personally for me, they left five
thousand Greek Drachmas.”
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