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The Biggest Basilica Cistern of Constantinople Re-opens

The biggest Byzantine Basilica Cistern in Constantinople opens its doors once again after five years of renovation. For a long time, it was an unknown construction to the Ottoman residents of the city. By Dimosthenis Vasiloudis The Basilica Cistern is one...

The Place of Byzantium in World History

Byzantium served as an important link between antiquity and the Renaissance, and much of Greek theology and thought can be traced back to the Byzantine Empire. by Alexander Billinis The summer is ending. In some jurisdictions, school has already started, and,...

Legends About What Lies Under Hagia Sophia

The former Basilica of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople) is the undisputed symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith, hosting millions of visitors, who are awed by its great religious, historical, and architectural importance, each year. From 537 to 1453,...

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.

The Armenian Contribution to Hellenism and Orthodoxy

The ties of Armenian culture and Hellenism go back at least to the 6th century BC, as a reference to Armenia was made by Greek historian Heracletus of Miletus

The Rich History of the Acropolis of Lindos

The history of the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes is as old as the history of Ancient Greece, as tradition has Lindos participating in the Trojan War

Lake Prespa: A Greek Eco Park Steeped in History

The Lake Prespa National Park is a place where nature, culture and history mix in creating a fascinating landmark for visitors of all ages

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

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.