Kazantzakis’ Grave

Kazantzakis’ Grave

If you love greek literature you will surely know the greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957). As well as being admired in Greece, he was also acclaimed throughout the world for his works and is considered a giant when it comes to modern Greek literature. His writings are of high importance.If

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The Grave

you don’t know about his work, your visit to his Tomb which is located at Martinengo Bastion on the Venetian Walls of Heraklion, will offer you the chance to learn all about about his marvel.

He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for his books: ‘Zorba the Greek’, ‘The Last Temptation’, ‘Christ Recrucified’, and ‘Captain Michalis’. As a result of his Literary Work, most notably 3 of the last aforementioned books, he put himself at threat of excommunication from society. However, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Greece stepped in and objected to this – saving Kazantzakis from such cruel punishment. In his time, he was accused of atheism by the Orthodox Church, who had demanded that there be a prohibition of his works being distributed on the grounds of them being considered anti-christian by the church.

He died of leukemia on 26 of October, 1957 in Denmark. In order to avoid problems, it was decided that his body would not be placed at a popular pilgrimage, which is unusual as they normally would be for notable figures such as Nikos Kazantzakis. His body was instead transferred to the Heraklion of Crete.

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The funeral

During his burial, which was not done in a graveyard, there were no priests as their presence was forbidden by the Archbishop. His Grave is simple with only two things – a big wooden cross and an inscription that he had asked to be written: ‘’Δεν ελπίζω τίποτα, δε φοβούμαι τίποτα, είμαι λέφτερος’’ which means: ‘’I hope nothing, I fear nothing, I am free’’.

If you decide to visit this important monument you can also stroll around the Venetian Walls and enjoy the sunset and the superb view of the city of Heraklion!