Earthquakes that Devastated Asia Minor in the Ancient Times
The recent earthquake tragedy to strike Turkey was not the first of its kind. Even in ancient times, the territory now known as Turkey was struck by numerous earthquakes. Some of them were devastating to the ancient nations that...
Greek Fire: The Weapon That Protected the Byzantine Empire
Greek fire was a mysterious incendiary weapon that helped the mighty Byzantine Empire survive and ensure its vast sovereignty for centuries
Hagia Sophia: The Center of Greek Orthodox Faith Through the Ages
The Hagia Sophia remains the symbolic center of Greek Orthodoxy, even centuries after its fall to the Ottomans and its conversion to a mosque.
How Did the Byzantines (Eastern Romans) Celebrate Christmas?
In the fourth century AD, the Romans abandoned the Classical pagan pantheon for Christianity. This meant swapping Saturnalia festivities for Christmas celebrations. From these early beginnings, the surviving Byzantine Empire would inherit and modify its own Christmas traditions. As the...
What Do Greeks Have Against Tuesday the 13th?
Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you'd rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident. The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not...
The Greek Orthodox Church Where People From All Faiths Make a Wish
Panagia Vefa is a Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul when on the first day of each month people of all faiths go to make a wish
The 1,500-Year-Old Lady’s Sandals with Sweet Message in Greek
A pair of 1,500-year-old lady's sandals with a sweet message in Greek were discovered during a dig in Istanbul and have become one of the major attractions of the city's archaeological museum. The sandals have a message in Greek which...
Byzantine Army: The World’s Most Formidable Multi-Ethnic Force
The Byzantine Army was among the most powerful and effective military forces in the world from the 7th to the 12th centuries. Starting to operate around 395 AD, the army of Byzantium was a continuation of the mighty East Roman...
Memories of Pontus and Asia Minor Dominate Opening of AEK Athens Stadium
Memories of Pontus and Asia Minor dominated the spectacular opening of the new football station of Greek soccer club AEK on Friday in Athens. More than thirty thousand fans gathered at OPAP Arena in the Athenian suburb of Nea Philadelphia...
September 6, 1955: the Violent Istanbul Pogrom Against Greeks
In 1955, the Greek population of the city of Istanbul were the victims of a heinous pogrom that resulted in the suffering and death of many.