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Ancient Marble Floors Damaged in Hagia Sophia

A number of tiles of the ancient marble floors in Hagia Sophia have been damaged by heavy machines used to clean the site, according to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The historic building, which was built as a church in the Byzantine...

Rotunda in Thessaloniki: The Oldest Surviving Church in Greece

The Rotunda, built by Roman emperor Galerius in 306 AD, is the oldest of Thessaloniki's churches and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built at the turning point between the pagan and Christian world, probably as a temple for...

Methoni and Koroni: Two Majestic Greek Towns with Historic Castles

Methoni and Koroni, two quintessential Greek seaside towns, are home to Venetian castles, countless pristine sandy beaches, and lush landscapes. The two towns are intertwined in myriad ways although they are approximately a thirty minute drive away from each other,...

Why was the Ancient Greek City of Hadrianopolis Abandoned?

Turkish archaeologists believe they will soon solve the mystery regarding the ancient Greek city of Hadrianopolis, located in the Eskipazar district of the Black Sea province of Karabuk, which was mysteriously abandoned. Ibrahim Sahin, the culture and tourism director of...

Ancient Greek Lion from Piraeus Now Adorns Venice’s Arsenal

The story of the Ancient Greek Piraeus Lion, which is now in Venice, is one of several which are part of Greece's long history of ancient sculpted masterpieces -- and their subsequent looting, which has meant that many of...

Fifth Century Byzantine Church Reopens in Gaza

A Byzantine church that was recently restored re-opened as a museum in Gaza on January 24 after undergoing a three-year-long restoration project, with the ruling Islamist Hamas party claiming it comes as an "embrace" of their "Christian brothers." Dating back...

Byzantine Skeletons Found in Greece Show Signs of Complex Surgery

A proto-Byzantine-era skull which was discovered by anthropologists in the Paliokastro area of Thasos shows signs of complicated surgery. The skull, which dates from the early Byzantine period -- the fourth to the seventh century AD -- bears traces of...

Monastery of the Philosopher Among Oldest Byzantine Monuments in Greece

The Monastery of the Philosopher in Arcadia, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is steeped in Greek history

Lousios Gorge: A Hike in Arcadia, Peloponnese

Lousios Gorge has been inhabited for centuries in Greece, mainly by hermits and monks who lived in caves. Two monasteries located near the gorge remain open to visitors: Philosophou and Prodromo. The historian Pausanias described Lousios Gorge as the place...

Justinian II, The Byzantine Emperor Who Had His Nose Cut Off

Justinian II is remembered for his brutality as the last Byzantine emperor in the Heraclian dynasty. His reign of terror inspired a popular uprising to his rule, which resulted in his nose being forcefully cut off; he later replaced...