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Hagia Sophia’s Imperial Gate Vandalized Again

The Hagia Sophia's historic Imperial Gate has been damaged again, as vandals appear to have pried out one of the metal plates on the 15th century oakwood door. It was the second time the door has been damaged in...

Ancient Marble Floors Damaged in Hagia Sophia

A number of tiles of the ancient marble floors in Hagia Sophia have been damaged by heavy machines used to clean the site, according to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The historic building, which was built as a church in the Byzantine...

Methoni and Koroni: Two Majestic Greek Towns with Historic Castles

Methoni and Koroni, two quintessential Greek seaside towns, are home to Venetian castles, countless pristine sandy beaches, and lush landscapes. The two towns are intertwined in myriad ways although they are approximately a thirty minute drive away from each other,...

Why was the Ancient Greek City of Hadrianopolis Abandoned?

Turkish archaeologists believe they will soon solve the mystery regarding the ancient Greek city of Hadrianopolis, located in the Eskipazar district of the Black Sea province of Karabuk, which was mysteriously abandoned. Ibrahim Sahin, the culture and tourism director of...

Ancient Greek Lion from Piraeus Now Adorns Venice’s Arsenal

The story of the Ancient Greek Piraeus Lion, which is now in Venice, is one of several which are part of Greece's long history of ancient sculpted masterpieces -- and their subsequent looting, which has meant that many of...

Fifth Century Byzantine Church Reopens in Gaza

A Byzantine church that was recently restored re-opened as a museum in Gaza on January 24 after undergoing a three-year-long restoration project, with the ruling Islamist Hamas party claiming it comes as an "embrace" of their "Christian brothers." Dating back...

Perinthos Excavations Unearth the History of Ancient Food

A team of archaeologists on Tuesday in Tekirdag, Turkey, excavated a plethora of artifacts found in the daily lives of those living in Perinthos 5,000 years ago. The archaeologist who led the project, Zeynep Kocel Erdem, told the Anadolou Agency...

Byzantine Era Coin Showing Emperor Heraclius Discovered in Israel

A Byzantine era coin showing Emperor Heraclius on one side and Golgotha, the site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on the other -- along with a complete winepress -- was unearthed this week outside Tel Aviv, Israel. Both the 1,400-year-old currency...

Treasure Hunters Ruin Historical Church in Samsun, Turkey

A Greek church that dates back to the Byzantine era, located in the Ayaklıalan District of Samsun in Turkey was plundered recently by treasure hunters.

Ancient City on Greek Islet Reveals Fascinating Secrets in New Dig

Archaeologists discovered artifacts on Vryokastraki, a small islet near the Greek island of Kythnos, once home to a significant ancient city.