Panagia Soumela Monastery to Remain Closed Until August 2018

The Panagia Soumela Monastery will remain closed until August 2018 due to restoration works ongoing since 2015. The annual liturgy of the Greek Orthodox Church...

Turkish Family Looking After Historic Pontic Greek Church

For generations a group of ethnic Greeks called Pontic Greeks lived along the shores of what is now known as the Black Sea. However,...

Erdogan Makes Veiled Threat to Unleash 3 Million Refugees into the EU

While speaking to Al Jazeera, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Europe wouldn't know what to do if the 3 million refugees currently...

Iconic Greek Restaurant, Pandelis, Shuts Down in Istanbul

The iconic Pandeli restaurant, named after its Greek founder Pandelis Cobanoglu, was founded in Istanbul in 1901. The restaurant near Sultanahmet was a favorite...
Hagia Sophia Quran recitation

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...

Anti-depressant Medicine Dating Back 1,300 Years Discovered in Ancient Greek City

It seems that even back in the ancient times people were prone to depression as archaeological finds from the Ancient Greek city of Bathonea,...

Ancient Greek Crossword Puzzle Discovered in Smyrna

An ancient crossword puzzle has been found, etched onto the walls of a Greek Orthodox church. The basilica on which the puzzle was found...

Unearthed Church at Pisidia Raises Question of Religious Byzantine City

After three years of work, a big church in the ancient city of Pisidia, has been unearthed. The 6th-century church may have been destroyed by a big fire in...

New Turkish Landmark Law to Give Greek Minority Right to Choose Their Own Leaders

A new draft bill is planned in Turkey to lift state intervention into non-Muslim affairs in a landmark move that will give minority communities...

First Orthodox Consecration in Smyrna Since 1922

Sunday was a joyous day for the Orthodox Christians of Smyrna, as the consecration of Erythrae Bishop Cyrillus was the first since 1922. The consecration...