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Saint Basil — a Towering Figure in Greek History

Saint Basil is remembered by the Greek people as the figure who bore gifts and helped children and the poor at Christmastime.

The Real Face of Santa Claus – or Saint Nicholas – Recreated

Despite the many myths surrounding some Christmas characters, certain legendary figures are actually rooted in history, and Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus,...

Lost Cell of Ukrainian Saint Paisius Discovered on Greece’s Mount Athos

Remains of cells once lived in by the Ukrainian Orthodox saint, Paisius Velichkovsky (also spelled, Paisii Velichkovsky), have been discovered on Greece's monastic community...

Greece Celebrates the Real Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas

Greece celebrates Saint Nicholas, who according to the Christian Orthodox faith is the predecessor of Santa Claus, on December 6th. The omnipresent, joyous, white-bearded man...

Saint Nicholas’ Tomb Unearthed in Turkey

The tomb of Saint Nicholas, also known as “Santa Claus,” and the floor on which he walked, inside the St. Nicholas Church in the...

The History of Dionysius the Areopagite, the Patron Saint of Athens

Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, the patron saint of the city of Athens, is also known as the protector of judges and the judiciary. The...

Discovery of Greek Inscription Reveals Home of Saint Peter, Apostle of Jesus

Archaeologists believe that a Greek inscription discovered in what was the city of Bethsaida, Israel, identifies Apostle Peter's home. 

The Greek Origins of Saint Mark’s Horses in Venice

Attributed to ancient Greek sculptor Lysippos, the exquisite bronze horses adorning the basilica of Saint Mark in Venice have their own fascinating story to tell.

Remains of Female Clergy Found in Mysterious Byzantine Basilica in Israel

The ruins of a spectacular Byzantine-era basilica with intricate mosaics, unearthed in the Mediterranean city of Ashdod, Israel, have also proven to be the...

Russian Tourist Stuck in Saint Lazarus’ Sarcophagus on Cyprus

A Russian tourist experienced her own resurrection of a sort when she was rescued by her friends after becoming stuck in Saint Lazarus' sarcophagus...