Here lies One whose Name was written in Water.
(John Keats’ inscription on his grave)
Fokionos Negri street was a stream. In 1832
sir Pulteney Malcolm captivated by the beautiful
surrounding landscape and his love for Greece builds the first house in the area,
a gorgeous mansion. It was just after the Greek revolution against the Ottoman
rule that inspired Philhellenism and contributed a great deal to Romanticism.
At about the same time John Keats
writes his famous poem: “Ode to a Grecian Urn”. The stream under the pavement of Fokionos Negri
still exists and it is what gives life to its trees and plantation. It still
gives this feeling of the beauty of life and the strength of a timeless nature that
the Romantics have praised so much. All
the photographs were taken in today’s Fokionos Negri.