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House of poet Sikelianos to be turned into museum

After combined efforts, the Municipality of Lefkada has finally secured the funding for the restoration of the house of the national Greek poet, Angelos Sikelianos (1884-1951). Sikelianos was born in Lefkada and grew up there until the age of 18, when he moved to Athens to study.

For many decades and due to lack of funds for its reconstruction, his house had been left deserted. The National Bank of Greece, however, agreed to provide the 800,000 euros required for its reconstruction, signing a contract this past November with the Mayor of Lefkada, which sets forth the plans to convert the original house of Sikelianos into a museum. This house is found in short distance from our complex of apartments.

Estimations show that the reconstruction will be over by late spring and the house will open in summer 2015 under the name Angelos Sikelianos Museum. The mayor of Lefkada strongly supports the task, claiming that We will not only repair and maintain a house but will also preserve, evaluate and show the creativity of our compatriot, Angelos Sikelianos.

The museum will display several personal items and collections of the poet's literary work. The local government is positive that private collectors will contribute to the museum's exhibits.

Angelos Sikelianos: life and work

An important Greek national poet, Angelos Sikelianos is internationally famous for his focus on Greek history and religious symbolism. This great poet was born and brought up in Lefkada island until the age of 18, when he was accepted at the Law School in Athens. He never finished his studies but dedicated himself to literature.

His poetry is characterized by pronounced lyricism and rich vocabulary. His most acclaimed works are The Light-Shadowed, and the poems The Easter of the Greeks and Mother of God, which had a great impact on Greek literary circles. Sikelianos was a prominent figure, not only for his effort to revive the Delphic Idea, along with his American wife Eva Palmer, but also for his inspiring spiritual resistance against the German occupiers during the Second World War.

He actively supported the Jewish minority in Lefkada and wrote a letter confronting the Germans on this matter. In 1946, the Greek Literary Society honored Sikelianos by electing him president. He was also five times nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died accidentally on June 9th 1951, at the age of 67.