Varibobi - Tatoi
(North-West of Athens)

Run 1776 (Sunday 11th March 2012)


Photographer: Mad Dog

The starting point & circle (P):   38° 9'20.05"N, 23°47'30.07"E

Altitude: 445 metres above sea level

Walk cartographic Length = 3.2 kmm

Weather: Windy, damp and just 4 DegC

The cyan-coloured circles indicate the location of the graves


Grave locations relative to the two chapels



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EU funding provided to save and store artifacts from the royal palace.





















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Oldenburg I., Paul b. December 14, 1901 d. March 6, 1964
King of the Hellenes from 1947 to 1964. He succeeded his elder brother, George II, on 1 April, 1947. George II, who had no children, died of a sudden heart attack after a short illness. King Paul I had suffered many of the hardships undergone by the Greek royal family during the Second World War - with their exile in Egypt, South Africa and London, and their escape from German attacks on Crete. George II and Crown Prince Paul (with his wife, Crown Princess Frederica) had returned to Greece on 28 September, 1946. King Paul I became the last Orthodox sovereign in the world after the abdication of his cousin King Michael of Rumania in December 1947.
(Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg II., George b. July 19, 1890 d. April 1, 1947
King of the Hellenes from 1922 to 1924, from 1935 to 1941 and from 1946 to 1947. When King Constantine I abdicated he had been succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince George. When King George II's reign began, he was 33 years old. The stress of the World war II had weakened King George II's health. Soon after taking the salute at the annual Independence Day Parade on 25 March, he became exhausted and died suddenly of a heart attack. Having no children, he was succeeded by his younger brother, who became King Paul .
(Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg I., Constantine b. August 2, 1868 d. January 11, 1923
King of the Hellenes from 1913 to 1917 and from 1920 to 1922. The eldest son of King George I and Queen Olga. He was named after his mother's father, the Grand Duke Constantine of Russia. As Crown Prince, he had admired German military training. On 1 December 1916, an outbreak of violence involving French seamen and British marines (which resulted in the shelling of the Royal Palace in Athens) completed the breach between King Constantine and the Entente Powers. Greek ports were blockaded. The French, with the connivance of the new British Prime Minister, Lloyd George, gave the King notice to quit his throne - if the blockade was to be lifted. Because the King's eldest son, Crown Prince George, had served with the German army, he was unacceptable as a successor. So King Constantine stepped aside for his second son, Alexander. King Constantine I did not formally abdicate. Power became closely vested in the Prime Minister, Venizelos. At the General Election of 14 November 1920, Venizelos lost and left the country. On 5 December, 1920, the Greek people, in a plebiscite, voted for the restoration of King Constantine I. He returned in triumph a fortnight later. During the last days of the conflict with Turkey, a group of Greek colonels called for King Constantine's abdication. His health was failing, and, with the advice of Colonel Metaxas, he abdicated -avoiding the risk of Civil War. On 27 September 1922, the throne passed to his eldest son Crown Prince George, who became George II. Four months later in a hotel in Palermo, Sicily, King Constantine I died. (bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg I., Alexander b. August 1, 1893 d. October 25, 1920
King of the Hellenes from 1917 to 1920. He was the second son of King Constantine I and Queen Sophie. On 27 September 1920., King Alexander, after repairing the engine of his car at Tatoi, was involved in a bizarre accident. His dog, Fritz, was involved in a fight with 2 pet monkeys (owned by the Manager of the estate). The King tried to separate them and was bitten on the leg by one of the monkeys. The wound turned septic and, after 4 weeks and 7 operations, the young King Alexander I died. He left his wife, Princess Aspasia. She gave birth to their child, Alexandra on 25 March 1921. The throne passed to Queen Olga, King Alexander's grandmother, as Regent. (bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg I., George Christian William Ferdinand Adolphus b. December 24, 1845 d. March 18, 1913
King of the Hellenes from 1863 to 1913. He was the second son of King Christian IX of Denmark.He was invited to become King of the Hellenes in 1863, after the Greek National Assembly voted unanimously for the restoration of Monarchy. The agreement that King George I successfully negotiated was that Greece would acquire the Ionian Islands (Corfu, Kephalonia, Zakynthos, Ithaca), and Kythira, which had been British possessions for the previous 48 years. He would remain on the throne for almost 50 years. Tragically, in March 1913 he was assassinated by the famous White Tower of Salonika by a mentally disturbed Greek called Alexander Schinas, as he went for an afternoon stroll in the city. (Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Queens & Princesses

Oldenburg, Fredericka b. April 18, 1917 d. February 6, 1981
Queen of Greece. Full name, Fredericka Louise Thyra Victoria Margaret Sophia Olga Cecily Guelph Oldenburg. Wife of Paul I, King of the Hellenes. Her mother was daughter of German Emperor Wilhem II and father Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg.Mother of Queen Sophia of Spain and King Constantine II last King of Greece. She died from anesthesia poisoning. (Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg, Sophia Dorothea Ulrica Alice b. June 14, 1870 d. January 13, 1932
Queen of Greece. Wife of Constantine I. Her father was Frederic III German Emperor and mother Princess Royal Victoria Mary daughter of Queen Victoria. Her three sons were Kings of Greece - George II, Alexander I and Paul I. She died in Frankfurt, Germany but in 1936 her remains were transferred to Greece and buried in Tatoi royal cemetery. (Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg, Olga Constantinovna b. September 3, 1851 d. June 18, 1926
Queen of Greece. Wife of George I, King of the Hellenes and daughter of Constantine Nicholaevitch (son of Nicholas I Romanov of Russia). Born HIH Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna Romanova of Russia, she was acting head of state after her grandson Alexander I (1917-20) had died after a monkey bite, until her son Contantinos I returned to take over the throne a second time.
(Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Karadjordjevic, Alexandra b. March 25, 1921 d. January 30, 1993
Princess of Greece and Danmark. Posthumously born child of king Alexander I. In 1944 she married Peter II Karadjordjevic last king of Yugoslavia. Her son Prince Alexander is crown prince of Yugoslavia. (Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece

Oldenburg, Aspasia b. September 4, 1896 d. August 7, 1972
Princess. Wife of King Alexander I of Greece. Daughter of Colonel Petros Manos and Maria Argyropoulos. Aspasia was created a Princess of Greece by Royal Decree on 10 September 1922. (Bio by: Jelena)
Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Athens, Attica, Greece




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