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The Legend of the Last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine Palaiologos

On May 29, 1453, the Ottoman army, led by Mehmed the Conqueror, seized Constantinople, putting a violent end to one of the longest-lasting empires in history. Along with it, the seizing of the great city also ended the life...

”It’s Not Constantinople, It’s Istanbul; It’s Islam-bul” Turkey’s Erdogan Says

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that still ''there are people who want to see Istanbul as Constantinople,'' on Saturday. Erdogan was participating in the series of public spectacles and events which Turkey organizes every year on the occasion of the...

Byzantine Monuments To Be Protected by New Global Charter

An agreement called "The Charter for the Protection of the Byzantine Heritage Monuments" was unanimously ratified this weekend after a three-day meeting held in the city of Thessaloniki. Representatives from twenty-one countries agreed on a framework of principles for the protection of...

There is Still Much to Learn About Herbs From The Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greek medical manuscripts have emerged as a go-to for horticulture, botany, medicine and literature in the Middle Ages in the form a newly published book called A Census of Greek Medical Manuscripts: From Byzantium to the Renaissance. Thanks to the new...

Permanent Imam Is Appointed at Hagia Sophia

The position of Imam at Hagia Sophia that was established in 1936 but remained vacant for years has now been filled, as a permanent Imam has been appointed. "Now out of the four minarets of Hagia Sophia we will be...

Ancient Coins Bearing Byzantine Emperor Constantine the First Found in Japan

Ancient coins minted during the era of the first Byzantine Empire were found in the excavations of ancient castle ruins in Okinawa, Japan. According to a Japan Times report, four bronze coins were found, which archaeologists believe date back to...

Istanbul a City Filled With Numerous Byzantine Remains

Istanbul is famous for its historical treasures, hidden secrets, legends and all the influences from different cultures. It is especially known for its numerous remains from the Byzantine Empire. Starting from the Milion, the point where the Empire started, what is...

562 Years Since the Fall of Constantinople: The End of an Empire [VIDEO]

The fall of Constantinople was the result of a three month siege by the Ottoman army, led by Sultan Mehmed II. At the time, Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was the  ruler of the Byzantine capital. The siege lasted from April...

Istanbul: Exhibition on the Art of Healing in Byzantium

Hippocrates’ famous aphorism “Life is short, Art Long” The Art of Healing in Byzantium, is the title of a new exhibition to be presented at Pera Museum in Istanbul, focusing on the art and practice of healing in Byzantium...

‘The Golden Byzantium and the Orient’ Exhibition Presented in Lower Austria

“The Golden Byzantium and the Orient” exhibition, inaugurated last weekend at the well-known Renaissance Castle Schallaburg in Lower Austria, aims at presenting the Byzantine Empire as the most important economic and cultural center of the former known world. The exhibition...