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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Perform Liturgy in Izmir

The reconstructed church of Agios Voukolos is the only Christian Orthodox church of the big city of Izmir (Smyrna) in Turkey that survived the destruction of 1922. The church will reopen to the public as a place of worship and Ecumenical...

Ancient Greek City of Bargylia in Turkey on Sale for Eight Million Euros

A shocking news story emerged from the Turkish press, as according to the country's major newspaper, Hurriyet, the ancient Greek city of Bargylia, dating back to the 5th century BC, located in Asia Minor near Gulluk Bay on the...

Remembering The Great Fire of Smyrna

Today marks 92 years since the Catastrophe of Smyrna (Izmir) and the Great Fire that destroyed the city, causing the majority of Greeks in Asia Minor to flee their homes and seek shelter in Greece and other countries. Smyrna used to...

Greek-Australians Honor Asia Minor Catastrophe

Although many Greek-Australians who live in the country were born in Australia, as did their parents and grandparents, they always have their real homeland in their hearts, which they can't forget. Every year, the descendants of Greeks from Asia Minor who...

First Divine Liturgy in Smyrna Since 1922

Members of the Greek Orthodox Community in Smyrna had a unique and memorable experience on Sunday, when they attended the first Divine Liturgy that has taken place in the area since the Catastrophe of Smyrna in 1922. The service was held...

Greek Historian Honored by Turkish President

The badge of the Order of Excellence was presented by the President of the Turkish Republic Abdullah Gül to Evangelia Balta for her contribution to the literature and culture of Greeks in Asia Minor. Evangelia Balta is a historian working...

MP Repousi Now Questions Asia Minor Genocide

The stance Maria Repousi took concerning "the congestion of Greeks” in the port of Smyrna in 1922, which she herself withdrew from the school text book she had written, was a reminder to many of her request to exclude...

Small Alatsata in Brisbane

For more than 90 years in Brisbane, Australia, there has been a neighborhood, Small Alatsata, located in the West End and retains its Asia Minor character. The first refugees arrived there from the town of Alatsata, a purely Greek town...