Photographer's Note

I am sure you know that Santa Claus is a real person and that he was a Greek Bishop, St Nicholas of Myra. His present day uniform however, has slightly evolved from its origins and was supposedly first designed about 100 years ago by Thomas Nast.
I think everybody remembers the uniforms of the Greek soldiers, in which they perform the attractively choreographed change of the guards on Syntagma Square in Athens.
Keeping that in mind please don't judge the uniform of the late Cretan freedom fighter, Anagnostis Mantakas (in this photo).
Maybe it is just my ignorance but for some reason all the mentioned costumes make me think of a fairy tale. Well, at least there seems to be a trend there.

If you have a good eye, you can spot this monument in my previous photo from the same square:

An interesting fact on the person in the statue:
On December 1st, 1913, the island of Crete was officially integrated into the Greek state. The celebration in Chania culminated at 11:50 in the morning, when veteran fighters Anagnostis Mantakas, 94, and Hatzimichalis Giannaris, 88, raised the Greek flag at the Firkas fortress, to the booms of 101 cannons fired off by Greek warships.


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