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Thessaloniki Marks Anniversary of Liberation From Ottomans

It was October 26, 1912 when freedom bells rang in Thessaloniki, as the Greek army liberated the city from Ottoman rule. The city was freed only twenty days after the declaration of the First Balkan War. At the start of...

How Orthodox Martyrs Saved the Greek Language Under Ottoman Rule

The Greek language survived almost 400 years of Ottoman rule due to the Greek Orthodox Church, which protected and taught the language.

Notorious Ottoman Pirate Barbarossa Was Half Greek

The notorious pirate, Barbarossa, who eventually went on to be an Admiral in the Ottoman Navy, was surprisingly half Greek. The pirate was extremely successful, and his many victories for the Ottomans in the 16th century helped them secure a...

The Chios Massacre: The Worst Atrocity Committed by the Ottomans

The Chios massacre of 1822 was perhaps the worst atrocity carried out by the Ottomans against Greeks during the Greek War of Independence.

Greece To Re-Bury Turkish Corpses From Ottoman Era

Greek authorities announced that they will rebury Turkish corpses from 1923 that were unearthed in the northwest province of Chalkidiki.

Kalavryta: The First Greek Town Liberated From the Ottomans

On March 21, 1821 the Greek rebels started the siege of Kalavryta, making it the first Greek town that was liberated from the Ottomans, thus declaring the start of the Greek War of Independence.

Chios Massacre: The Worst Atrocity Committed by the Ottomans Against Greeks

The Chios massacre of 1822 was perhaps the worst atrocity carried out by the Ottomans against Greeks during the War of Independence. Approximately three-quarters of the population of 120,000 were killed, enslaved or died of disease after thousands of Turkish...

A Century Later World Finally Awakens to the Ottoman Genocide of Christians

By Michael Goodyear* In the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the Ottoman government under the Committee of Union and Progress (“CUP”) orchestrated massacres of its Christian minorities, resulting in ethnic cleansing that would lead to the deaths of hundreds...

Greece's Nafpaktos Marks Defeat of Ottoman Navy in Spectacular Fashion (video)

The town of Nafpaktos in western Greece marked on Saturday the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto with a spectacular display of battling ships and fireworks. Thousands turned up at Venetian harbor to witness a re-enactment of the famous naval...

Athens' Last Ottoman Fountain Was Built by City's Tyrannical Ruler

A unique monument in Athens lies hidden in one of the gardens belonging to the capital's Agricultural University on Iera Odos (Sacred Road), the ancient track that connected Athens to Elefsis. After almost 400 years of Ottoman rule, the city...

Turkish Model Rejects Greek Offer Because it Deserves an 'Ottoman Slap'

A Turkish fashion model has sparked controversy after claiming she turned down a job offer in Athens "because of the attitude of Greece towards our country". Merve Akkanat, who won first prize in Turkey's Top Model contest last week in Istanbul, claimed...

Greek Authorities to Restore Ottoman Mosque on Lesvos

A ruined mosque on the Greek island of Lesvos is to be restored as part of a €1.2-million ($1.4 million) program of renovation works. Yeni Mosque (from the Turkish 'yeni camii' or 'new mosque') north of modern-day Mytilene was built in...

Mayor of Thessaloniki Vows to Preserve City's Ottoman Heritage

The mayor of Thessaloniki said the city is getting ready to uncover more Ottoman heritage -- including mosques and baths -- and plans to build an Islamic art museum. Speaking to Turkish news agency Anadolu, Yiannis Boutaris said that "You...

Chios Celebrates 105th Anniversary of Liberation from the Ottomans (video)

105 years since the liberation of Chios from the Ottomans the people of the island are taking part in ceremonies to mark the occasion. The celebrations culminated on Saturday with a parade in the centre of the capital city. Leading the...

How the Holocaust of Arkadi Put an End to Legitimacy of Ottoman Rule in Crete

Although mainland Greece had been liberated from the Ottomans since the late 1820s, Crete was still suffering under Sultan rule. The Ottoman oppression forced the Pancretan Assembly to meet in Chania on May 14, 1866 and draw a list of...