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El Greco was born and grew up in Fodele, near Iraklion, about 1541. He settled in Spain and is regarded as the first great genius of the Spanish School. He was known as El Greco (the Greek), but his real name was Domenikos Theotocopoulos and it was thus that he signed his paintings throughout his life, always in Greek characters, and sometimes followed by Kres (Cretan).
The museum devoted to El Greco is located in Fodele, which is arguably also the house El Greco lived in. There are copies of his most famous paintings. Near the fountain of the village there is a Granite stone which bears the engraving of the painter's face. The stone comes from Toledo, Spain and says both in Greek and Latin: "The Faculty of History of the University of Valladolid offers this plaque taken from the rock of Toledo, as a token in memory of the immortal glory of Domenico Theotokopoulos, July 1934".
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The most famous of his works
The village of Fodele is located 28 km west of Iraklion and has 500 permanent residents.
It is the birthplace of Domenikos Theotokopoulos - great painter famous as "EL GRECO"
The name "FODELE" probably comes from the name of one of its first settlers, since 1248 it is mentioned three times at the Kalergis- Venetians treaty.
The village is built among orange trees and plane-trees, forms a real oasis for the visitor, during the hot summer days. The visitor can also enjoy the Cretan specialties at the taverns of the village, buy souvenirs of the Cretan weaving art from the small stores and, for the nature lovers, take a walk to the monastery of Agios Pantelehimon, an old one which played an important role to the history of the place.
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