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Farewell Ceremony for Mikis Theodorakis in Athens Concluded (Pics & Vids)

September 8, 2021

ATHENS — A ceremony held at the Athens Cathedral to bid farewell to the late composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis was concluded a few minutes before 16:00 on Wednesday, after a liturgy and eulogies read out by President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas.

The coffin carrying the composer was then carried out of the cathedral amid applause and cries of "immortal" from a crowd of people that waited outside, in spite of the rain.

The body will now be taken by ferry to Crete, arriving at the port of Souda at 7:30 on Thursday morning. After a stop at the Chania municipal market, it will lie in state at the Cathedral of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary and then at 13:00 it will be taken to the Church of Agios Nikolaos in the village of Galata, where the funeral will be held.

The funeral will be held in a small family circle and observe all public health protocols, followed by the burial in the village cemetery near the composer's father and brother, in accordance with his wishes.

After lying in state for three days, the body of beloved Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was on Wednesday carried out of the chapel of St. Eleftherios and taken to the Athens Cathedral amid applause from the crowd that had come to pay their final respects.

As rain fell outside the Athens Cathedral, crowds waited and officials started to arrive for the farewell ceremony at 15:00, among them Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Others attending included the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas, singers Maria Farantouri and Giorgos Dalaras with Anna Dalara, former KKE general secretary Aleka Papariga, former ministers Nikos Voutsis, Sofia Sakorafa, Pavlos Geroulanos, Giorgos Lianis, Costas Laliotis, former premier George Papandreou, MP and party leader Kyriakos Velopoulos, Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, Marianna Vardinoyannis and foreign ambassadors.

The family of the late composer were gathered around his coffin, while a special moment was the arrival of popular Turkish composer Zülfü Livaneli, a friend of Theodorakis, and Finnish singer and activist Arja Saijonmaa.

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