Kazantzakis and the real Zorbas in Mani














Zorbas was a real person who deeply marked Kazantzakis. He experienced the real events that tied the two men with the bonds of friendship and which led to the book and then the movie. Many people think that history unfolded in Crete, but in fact everything was done in Mani, in 1917-1918.


  • The bust of N. Kazantzakis

    1. The bust of N. Kazantzakis

    Kazantzakis is not one of the most famous Greeks by accident. He wrote about man's eternal questions, traveled a lot, came into conflict with the Church and he left having making his own mark.
  • The mural

    2. The mural

    Georges Zorbas was a rare human being, with a turbulent and almost fictional life. He inspired Kazantzakis not only to write a book about him, but also to rank him among the people who marked him.
  • Kazantzakis's little house

    3. Kazantzakis's little house

    In this little house by the 'Prince' spring, Kazantzakis stayed for a while, during the summer of 1917, while waiting to receive a visit from his close friend, Aggelos Sikelianos.

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