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Byzantine-Era Winepress that Depicts Greek Gods Discovered in Israel

Excavations in Zippori National Park, Israel, have revealed Byzantine-era winepresses, one of which has a mosaic depicting what appears to be a wine-drinking contest between the Greek gods Dionysus and Heracles. The site of the Zippori National Park has many...

Early Byzantine-Era Settlement Unearthed Near Greece's Kythnos Island

Significant finds that include an extensive early Christian church and early Byzantine buildings, as well as monumental structures from a much-older ancient sanctuary, have been unearthed by archaeologists on the rocky islet called Vryokastraki, opposite the ancient city of...

Rare Icon of Virgin Mary Attributed to Evangelist Luke Comes to Thessaloniki

A rare icon of Virgin Mary from the Palaiologos Byzantine era (13th - 15the century AD), attributed to Luke the Evangelist, comes to Thessaloniki for worship. The holy icon was made in Thessaloniki, during the Palaiologos dynasty era, when the...

3D Representation of Thessaloniki's Byzantine Fortifications

An impressive 3D representation of the coastal wall that once protected Thessaloniki – based on Byzantine descriptions and illustrations of the fortification before it was demolished by invading Turks – has been recently uploaded to YouTube. According to Ioannis Artopoulos, the man...

Princess Elsa, the Hitler Supporter of Byzantine Origin

History is like a mix of faint details, like an endless puzzle with infinite pieces that may never merge into a single image. This is also the case in the largely unknown story of Elsa Bruckmann (1865-1946), who went down...

Famous Greek Artist Chryssa Passes Away

Internationally renowned Greek sculptor and painter Chryssa passed away on Monday morning at the age of 84. The Greek artist had initially studied social welfare in Athens, but  on the advice of a leading art critic, in 1953 she went to Paris...