“Our Love of Beautiful Does Not Lead to Extravagance:” Hey, Calatrava, Go Plant an Ortansia!

Calatrava Bridge in central Athens. Photo: Eurokinissi/Panagiotis Tzamaros

There are certain defining characteristics that manifest the influence of Hellenic culture in the architecture or ornamentation of a site, be it a home, church, or other space. Even thousands of miles away from Hellas’ shores, a Greek household is often identifiable by its residents’ unique sense of “philokalia” (love of beauty), which is usually accompanied by simplicity: the arrangement flowers in the garden or the rows of vegetables carefully cultivates; the fig tree or grape vine bearing witness to …

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