The house in the centre of Patra, where Greek national poet Kostis Palamas was born, was recently sold to a Greek businessman who lives in the USA. The 75-year-old man also has its origins from the region of Patra and is planning to turn the house into a museum, as the purchase contract states. In particular, the house will be restored, renovated and turned into the Olympism, Arts and Letters Museum, which will later be donated to the Patras Artists Association.
Kostis Palamas (1959-1943) lived in Patra until the age of 6 when both his parents died within a period of 2 months and the young boy went to live with his uncle at the town of Mesolongi. Considered a central figure of the Greek literary generation of the late 19th and early 20th century, Palamas was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature 14 times but never received it.
In 1896, he wrote the words to the Olympic Hymn for the first modern Olympic Games that were taking place that year in Athens. The Olympic Hymn was composed by Spyridon Samaras and was declared the official Olympic Anthem, which is why the museum will be devoted to Olympism.
The house of Palamas in Patra is found at Korinthou str 241. Three years before Palamas, the great Italian novelist Matilde Serao had also been born in the same house.