Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs is a lovely city on central Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Sign - Greek Heritage

Greek people settled here in the early 1900s and became divers in the sponge industry. The city claims to be the Sponge Capital of the World.

Welcome to sponge docks

Sponges

The street near the Sponge Docks has many shops that sell sponges and everything else. There are far more varieties of sponges than I ever knew existed.

Tarpon Springs bicycle

Blue and white, the colors of Greece.

St. Nicholas Cathedral

Here is St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, modeled, in small measure, after Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople.

St. Nicholas Cathedral interior

 

St. Nicholas Cathedral ceiling

It was a privilege to pray in this place.

Greek boy holding cross

On Epiphany, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop, from a barge in the bay, throws a golden cross into the water, and immediately young men dive into the water, crowd each other and churn the water in search of the cross. The throwing of the cross symbolizes the casting of the bread of truth upon the troubled water. The diver who retrieves the cross climbs onto the barge, kneels before the Archbishop, hands him the golden cross and receives a blessing.

The above statue, outside the Cathedral, honors this tradition. We were not in Tarpon Springs on Epiphany, so we did not witness this remarkable event.

The advertisements for Tarpon Springs give this invitation: Visit Greece without leaving Florida.

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