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Constantinopolitans Keep Memories of the Byzantine Capital Alive

The Hellenic Society of Constantinopolitans is keeping the culture and traditions of the Greeks from the city of Constantinople alive.

Elon Musk’s Constantinople Tweet Upsets Turkish Social Media Users

A tweet by Elon Musk on the fall of Constantinople has baffled social media users worldwide and has caused hundreds of predominantly negative reactions in Turkey. The Tesla founder and billionaire tweeted a meme of a Byzantine soldier who is...

Istanbul vs. Constantinople: Why Both Words are Greek

Istanbul is a name that the Greeks actually gave to the city. "Istanbul" derives from the Greek phrase "Is tin poli," meaning "into the city."

May 29, 1453: The Day Constantinople Fell

The fall of Constantinople, on May 29,1453 was the final phase of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars and the darkest page in Greek history

Constantinople Greeks: The Cosmopolitans of Byzantium’s Capital

Most people are aware of the song “Istanbul was Constantinople” and perhaps no better than the Greeks of Istanbul themselves.

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

Hidden Byzantine Church in Istanbul Revealed in All Its Glory

A hidden Byzantine church and a holy spring were recently discovered at an excavation site in the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia’s 6th Century Imperial Gate Vandalized

The historic Imperial Gate in Hagia Sophia has been badly damaged, a Turkish group announced on Tuesday. The Turkish Association of Art Historians (STD) posted a picture clearly depicting the damage to the oak wood of the 15-century-old gate. The Imperial...

The Turbulent Life of Byzantine Empress Theodora

In Constantinople, circa 500 AD, a girl was born to a poor circus worker and his wife. That child, Theodora, would become an actress, a prostitute, a mistress, a  feminist, an empress of the civilized world, and eventually, a...

Hagia Sophia to Hold First Ramadan Prayer in 88 Years

Hagia Sophia, the symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith that was converted by Turkey into a mosque in 2020, will hold its first tarawih prayer in 88 years, a special evening prayer during the Muslim fasting month of...