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Permanent Imam Is Appointed at Hagia Sophia

The position of Imam at Hagia Sophia that was established in 1936 but remained vacant for years has now been filled, as a permanent...

Digital Map Traces Turkey’s Minorities’ Cultural Heritage

"Türkiye Kültürel Varlıkları Haritası" (Turkey's Map of Cultural Heritages) is a new digital platform that brings together Armenian, Greek, Jewish and Syriac cultural heritages,...

Turkish Authorities Ban Christian Liturgy in Panagia Sumela Monastery

Turkish authorities notified the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the license for the yearly mass at Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon is revoked. After five consecutive years during which...

First Call to Prayer from Inside Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

July 1st was marked as the first time in 85 years when a muezzin called the faithful to prayer from inside Hagia Sophia in...

Great Byzantine Art Relives at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage

A total of 121 masterpieces of Byzantine art will be exhibited at the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg in Russia until October 2. The...

Jewish Extremists Disrupt Pentecostal Prayers of Greek Orthodox Leaders on Mount Zion

In accordance to various agreements, Christians are able to observe communal worship in the Cenacle on Mount Zion five times a year, including the important...

The Story of the Karamanlides: Orthodox, Turkish-Speaking People Native to Anatolia

Starting as far back as 1071, Turks began their settlements in Anatolia and shortly after, dominated the vast majority of the region, excluding the...

Hagia Sophia to Turn to Mosque During Muslim Ramadan [video]

The morning prayer from the Koran was read at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on the first day of Muslim Ramadan, Monday, June 6, in...

2,300 Year Old Golden Greek Crown from Antiquity Found in a Box Under Man’s...

In Somerset, England, a British pensioner who wishes to remain anonymous found a 2,300 year old Greek crown packed up in some crumpled old...

Filmmaker Documents Greek Ghost Town of Levissi [video]

The town of Levissi (known as Kayakoy) was once a bustling Greek Orthodox community. Greeks of the 5,000-year-old village were ethnically cleansed and then...