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In March 2006, the Liveris family decided to construct a giant Greek flag to fly over their family restaurant. The hope was that it would help their establishment garner more attention and customers.
The steel flag pole is 164 feet (50 meters) tall. At the base, the circumference is around 39 inches (one meter), while at the top it reduces to only 25 centimeters. The flag pole was specially produced in China before being shipped to Zákynthos.
The flag itself has a surface area of more than 7,000 square feet (670 square meters). Amazingly, the total weight of the flag is around 176 pounds (80 kilograms) and requires an electric motor to be raised.
On May 20, 2007, the flag qualified as the largest flag by the Guinness Book of World Records. However, since achieving that distinction, several other countries have usurped this claim to fame including the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Bolivia.
Although it’s no longer the world’s largest flying flag, this is still the largest Greek flag in the world. With its clifftop location, beautiful blue waters, and blue skies above, it’s an impressive sight to behold.
It also makes an interesting landmark on a boat tour of the Zákynthos coastline.
Know Before You Go
The flag can be found near the Keri lighthouse and Sunset Cafe.