Panagiotis Christening in Volos gave a whole new meaning to the amazing book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Fiorello Photography loved every moment of the day!
Panagiotis was so sweet during his christening in Volos. He got his name at the church of St. Constantine & Helen in Volos. His beautiful, spring christening, had as a theme the “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and everything was amazingly come together by Imagine Studio by Kelly Galanou. Beautiful colors, positive energy, true smiles… what more can you ask for?
I met Dimitra, Panagiotis’ mother, in Athens. She, her mother and sister greeted me with such beautiful smiles and positive predisposition that I felt right at home. Panagiotis was running up and down the house as the happy and vivid child, he is.
He was spreading laughs to everyone and hugs to her mother every five minutes. Dimitra was planning a wonderful christening few days after Easter, to the beautiful city of Volos, where the origins of her family are and the theme was inspired by one of my favorites children books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
If you haven’t already read this amazing book then I urge you to find some time and enjoy it. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The main book character is the young and disobedient Peter Rabbit. The plot of the story is all about his adventures as he is been chased in the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother, who puts him to bed after giving him some tea.
The tale was written in 1893. The inspiration was the five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter’s former governess Annie Carter Moore. It was revised and privately printed by Potter in 1901 after several publishers’ rejections, but was printed in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902.
The book was a success, and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut. It has been translated into 36 languages, and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time. Hundreds of generations have loved this spectacular fairytale!
What a unique and wonderful theme, indeed! I found it to be ideal for a little boy’s christening. Kelly from Imagine Studio by Kelly Galanou did a unique job planning and decorating the christening, although the weather was rainy and on the wintery side. The church of St. Constantine & Helen and the reception area at Xenia Hotel in Volos were amazingly decorated and had plenty of room for the children to play and participate to all kind of events, especially planned for them.
Panagiotis proved himself to be quite brave, although not so happy to go through the process of his name giving. Everyone was so happy sharing these unique moments and appreciate that joyful day. Panagiotis I wish you for your life to be full of flowers and never forget: “…even the smallest one can change the world…”
According to tradition, the Church was built before the city of Volos was still founded. At the site there was a stone-built chapel dedicated to St. Constantine and Helen. It is believed that in the place where the chapel was, there must have been an ancient Christian Church of the same saints, which for unknown reasons was destroyed.
Many years later, after the creation of the St. Constantine district, a wooden temple was built to meet the worship needs of the parishioners. It was erected within a month and the first Divine Liturgy was held on April 19, 1898, Sunday of Myrrh.
The new Temple of St. Constantine and Helen, was built following a decision by the then Mayor of Volos, Spyros Spyridis. in. The architectural designs made by the architect Aristotle Zachos. It was founded in 1927 and was inaugurated on 18 May 1936. It is a three-aisled basilica, lined externally with stone. The roof of the Temple is covered with Byzantine tiles, and on the south side, the bell tower is magnificent.
Volos is one of my dearest coastal port cities in Greece. It is located in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 330 kilometers (205 miles) north of Athens and 220 kilometers (137 miles) south of Thessaloniki.
Having a Christening in Volos, makes you feel like you are in a magical city. It is the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. Volos is the only outlet to the sea from Thessaly, the country’s largest agricultural region. It is an important industrial center, while its port provides a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Home to the University of Thessaly, the city also offers facilities for conferences, exhibitions and major sporting, cultural and scientific events. The economy of the city is based on manufacturing, trade, services and tourism.
Volos participated in the 2004 Olympic Games, and the city has since played host to other athletic events, such as the European Athletic Championships. Volos hosted the 7th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics from 27 July to 5 August 2013.
The city itself was built on the area of the ancient cities of Demetrias, Pagasae and Iolcos. Demetrias was established by Demetrius Poliorcetes, King of Macedon. Iolkos or Iolcus, was the homeland of mythological hero Jason, who boarded the ship Argo accompanied by the Argonauts and sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece to Colchis.
To the west of Volos lie the Neolithic settlements of Dimini, with a ruined acropolis, walls, and two beehive tombs dating to between 4000–1200 BC, Sesklo, with the remains of the oldest acropolis in Greece (6000 BC), and also the foundations of a palace and mansions, among its most characteristic examples of Neolithic civilisation.
In other words, Volos is the perfect location for a christening, not only for nature lovers but also for history lovers. It offers so many options for after christening activities for your family and your guests.
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