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The literary world and travelers with a penchant for poetry have a new destination to explore in Athens. The archive of the eminent Greek poet, Constantine P. Cavafy, is now permanently housed in a beautifully refurbished 1910 house in the historic Plaka district, as reported by ANA. This move, celebrated during the 160th anniversary of Cavafy’s birth, offers an intimate glimpse into the life and work of one of Greece’s most influential poets.
About C.P. Cavafy: Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) was a Greek poet who resided in Alexandria, Egypt, and is considered one of the most important figures in modern Greek literature. His poetry, characterized by its historical themes, philosophical contemplation, and a unique use of language, transcends time and place. Cavafy’s most celebrated work, “Ithaca,” has inspired generations with its metaphorical journey of life, exploration, and personal growth. His poignant and introspective style resonates with themes of nostalgia, desire, and the human experience, making his work profoundly relevant even today.
The Archive: Inaugurated by the Greek president, the Cavafy archive, acquired by the Onassis Foundation in 2012, holds an extensive collection of over 2,000 artifacts. These include manuscripts of poems, prose literary works, articles, studies, notes, and a rich correspondence, alongside documents and photographs meticulously collected by Cavafy himself. The collection also features 966 books from his personal library, personal objects, and paintings related to his life and work. Digitized in both Greek and English by 2019, this treasure trove is accessible online at https://cavafy.onassis.org/.
The exhibition space within the archive is thoughtfully divided into three sections: one displaying Cavafy’s personal items, another dedicated to his relationship with Athens, and a Reading Room for deeper engagement with his works. The archive and its library are housed in a specially designed space within the building, offering visitors an immersive experience into Cavafy’s world.
This new cultural landmark in Athens not only commemorates Cavafy’s enduring legacy but also provides an inspiring space for literature lovers and travelers alike to delve into the depths of one of Greece’s literary giants.