Legendary Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, to be buried in Crete


Composer and politician, Mikis Theodorakis, will be buried according to his wishes in Chania, Crete, on September 9 next to his parents and brother, Greece’s Communist Party said on Sunday.

A family dispute had developed over Theodorakis’ burial place following his death at age 96 on Thursday. His daughter had said he would be buried in the village of Vrahati, near Corinth, where he maintained a holiday home. 

But his son said on Friday that the family would respect his wishes. A court had temporarily halted any burial plans, after unnamed Theodorakis collaborators had intervened, citing his expressed wishes and producing notarised documents.

A Greek and a European Union flags fly at half-mast in front of a poster promoting an exhibition of late Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis in Athens, Greece, Friday, September 3, 2021. Photo: AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis.

Theodorakis had written a letter to the mayor of Chania in 2013 expressing his wish to be buried in the cemetery of Galatas, a location west of Chania, where his father hailed from.  

“My family does not approve of my wish; however, the law recognises everyone’s right to decide about the disposal of their body,” Theodorakis had written in the letter.

According to the announcement by the Communist Party’s political bureau, Theodorakis will lie in state at Athens’ Metropolitan Cathedral from Monday, starting a day earlier than originally planned. The visiting hours are 3-7 pm Monday, 10 am to 7 pm Tuesday and 10 am to 2 pm Wednesday.

A “farewell ceremony” will take place on Wednesday afternoon and the body will be flown to Crete later that day. The church service and burial will be on Thursday, at a time to be announced.

Source: Ekathimerini.




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