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1885. Tour in Egypt

The giant Coutalianos in the land of the Pharaohs

“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. “

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Coutalianos after his triumphs in Turkey and a long tour in Greece, decided to visit Egypt. Traveling by ship he arrived in Alexandria where he was welcomed by the thousands of Greeks who lived there.At that time, the Greeks of Alexandria constituted a very prosperous community and several thousand compatriots of the athlete gathered at the port to welcome him. After several acts in this great and historic city, the athlete left by train for Cairo where he showed his skills.

Aprlil 6, 1885. The Greek newspaper “Cairo” was published in the capital of Egypt and was addressed to the members of the Greek community, which at that time was large and prosperous.

The shows performed by Coutalianos are beneficial. The proceeds are allocated to the strengthening of the Greek community of Cairo and in favor of the Macedonian struggle.

March 10, 1885

Coutalianos arrived in Alexandria by steamship and was enthusiastically received by the thousands of Greeks living in the city.

View of Alexandria
April 13, 1885

The proceeds of Coutalianos’ performance are offered to support the Greek Association of Cairo.

March 14, 1885

Coutalianos performs at the Zizinia theater

The Zizinia theater
Some sources confirm that Coutalianos, upon arriving in Egypt, found the depicted athlete (or someone who bore the same name) who – as written on the poster – claimed to be the strongest man in the world. When this particular athlete met Coutalianos, he regused to wrestle with him and immediately accepted his opponent’s superiority.
March 17, 1885

The inhabitants of Cairo eagerly await the famous Greek athlete.

April 20, 1885
The Azbakeya theater in Cairo
Map of Cairo ‘s Azbakeya gardens

Coutalianos gives a big show at the Azbakeya theater

April 20, 1885

Performs at the theater Azbakeya

June 26, 1885

The arrival of Coutalianos at the port of Piraeus is announced. Just returned from Egypt.

April 27, 1885

Coutalianos departs from Egypt and sends warm thanks to the Greeks of Egypt

March 30, 1885

Coutalianos at the theater Azbakeya offered a wonderful spectacle. What has been written about him is a little ahead of what he achieves.

Indicative map of Coutalianos movements during the period 1885-1889
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