Greek-Norwegian at Acropole Hotel

Waking up at Khartoum today, the difference in temperature was naturally the first thing I noted. I only needed to open the balcony door of my room at Acropole Hotel to appreciate the cocooning that is offered in the premises of the hotel ran since 1952 by the Pagoulatos family, one of the oldest in the Greek communities of Sudan.

Someone said that in Sudan there is a Greek under every other stone you pick up, but especially in downtown Khartoum it seems to be the case that behind every stone of the city’s center architecture there is some Greek influence to be traced. Sadly enough, the traces of these influences have not been recorded systematically yet. However, discussions with my contacts here prove that there is still hope for both the real presence of Greeks in Sudan and the preservation of their contributions to Sudan’s heritage.

Perhaps the project that we are introducing tomorrow to the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums in Khartoum – together with the academic librarian from UiB, Erik Tønnesen – might prove helpful for the future of this important side of the Sudanese past too. More from tomorrow…

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8 Responses to Greek-Norwegian at Acropole Hotel

  1. ounoginiri says:

    καλή τύχη σε όλα masallah!!!!!

    • ergamenis says:

      Η συνάντηση πήγε πολύ καλά – αλχάμντουλιλά!
      Όπως φαίνεται, σήμερα ξεκίνησε μια πορεία σε μεγάλο μονοπάτι…

  2. dianabuja says:

    Wonderful to learn that the Acropole hotel is still going strong! I stayed there regularly in the 1980’s, during work in the el-obeid area, and then later during ‘fly-ins’ to Khartoum for other business. The greeks have been very active throughout Africa and even here in Burundi, where the best butcher is run by a greek family – members of which are also active in the banking and fishing industries.

    dianabuja.

    • ergamenis says:

      Thank you for your comment!
      Acropole is the heart of Khartoum when it comes to knowledgeable visitors, because even if one does not stay here, it is from here that trips are planned and contacts are made!
      What you say about the Greeks in Africa more generally is also very true. Have you posted something on the topic?

  3. dianabuja says:

    Have no specific posts on Greeks in Africa – just comments here and there. Before recent civil wars in central Africa, there were large communities of Greeks in Burundi, Rwanda and parts of Congo. There still are, in some parts of West Africa. Always the entrepreneurs!
    Enjoy following your blog!

    • ergamenis says:

      Thanks for the compliment, we feel the same with yours!
      Concerning the Greeks in Africa:
      Perhaps we could assemble the references and comments you have made and prepare an entry of interest to the readers of both blogs.
      Would be great if we can find some families that were active in both Sudan and Central Africa!
      What do you think?

  4. dianabuja says:

    very good idea – let me give it a bit of thought, and we can exchange ideas and so forth?

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