A huge Greek flag painted on the mountains of Kalymnos is greeting everyone arriving at the port and those sailing around the island of sponge divers. The 375 square meter big flag was painted by volunteers last Monday following an initiative by locals, two brothers who are painters by profession.
Ambelas brothers had the idea, a local business donated the color materials.
The flag is on the side of the mountain Pothia, at Mavrovouni area of Agios Stefanos; just below the chapel of the Resurrection and the Holy Cross.
There used to be a smaller painted flag there. But its colors had fainted with time.
It is worth noting that four people lost their lives right there during the Easter celebrations in the 1980’s. They had used dynamite instead of normal fireworks.
The island of Kalymnos is located near Kos and just a few nautical miles opposite the Turkish coast. Locals are often exposed to Turkish provocations due to the geographic closeness of the islets of Imia for which Ankara claims sovereignty. As expected, the patriotic sentiment of locals is high and they wanted to express this with the huge Greek flag.
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