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1867: Otto of Greece – the Only Greek King who Was a Roman Catholic

1867:  Otto of Greece – the Only Greek King who Was a Roman Catholic
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/The expulsion of Otto in 1862 as portrayed in a popular colour lithography

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  • Historical event
  • 26 July 1867
  • Otto of Greece, a member of the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty, ruled Greece from 1832 to 1862.

The former Greek King Otto died in the German city of Bamberg on this day in 1867.

He was the first king of Greece in Modern Times. It is interesting to note that he became the King of Greece in 1832, although he was a German and a Catholic.

It is also interesting to note that Otto embraced Greek culture. But, he was deposed in 1862, and George I, who was a Protestant, became the new Greek king.

George was also of German origin, but a member of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg dynasty (the Danish ruling dynasty).

Otto was exiled, and lived in Bavaria, but remained faithful to Greek culture. For example, he wore traditional Greek clothes, similar to Evzoni Guards in Athens.

Otto died at the episcopal residence in Bamberg on this day in 1867.

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