Feast of St. Constantine (Agios Konstantinos)
Born in 1770, Constantine the Hydriot, Hydra’s patron saint, was a neo-martyr from the period of the Turkish occupation of Greece. Constantine had converted to Islam when living in Rhodes, then later reverted to the Orthodox faith. The Turkish authorities imprisoned him for apostasy and hung him on November 14, 1800. He is celebrated on November 14 to huge feasting and fanfare on Hydra.
Constantine’s family lived in the Kiaffa area of Hydra. Today, the Cathdral of Konstantinos is built on the site of his birth. From the concrete terrace adjoining the church you can enjoy a stunning view of Kiaffa, over the roofs cascading down to the port and to Kamini, then across the harbor to the Peloponnese beyond.