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36th Sun and Stone Festival Helps Greeks of Cappadocia Revive Their Roots

  Greeks of Cappadocia moved to Kavala during the population exchange, leaving behind their ancestral homeland in Anatolia. Each year, however, they return to their roots for the International Sun and Stone Festival that keeps the traditions of Cappadocia alive....

Old Byzantine Church Found in Underground City in Turkey

A 1,500-year-old underground Byzantine church has been discovered in Turkey with unseen before frescoes depicting Jesus. The church was found in the world's largest known underground city in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey. The frescoes have been described as depicting...

Turkey: TV Producers Burn Greek Orthodox Church

Cappadocia, Turkey, has always been a favorite filming backdrop for Turkish television producers. There are many old mansions in the area that were inhabited by Greeks in the past. Many abandoned residences have been damaged or destroyed serving the purposes of TV...

Turks Gather to Admire the 1,100-Year Old ‘Blonde Nun’

The relic of a Greek Orthodox nun, which is now an exhibit of the Nigde’s museum in Cappadocia, has attracted the interest of many Turks. During an archaeological excavation,  the relic of the nun, which dates back to the Byzantine era...

The First Mass at St. Macrina Church in Nigde After 90 Years

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew officiated the first mass at St. Macrina Church after 90 years in the Turkish central Anatolian province of Nigde. Greece's Deputy Minister of Agriculture Maksimos Harakopulos and members of the societies from Argentina, Greece and...

Possible Bones of John The Baptist Discovered in Bulgaria

A team of researchers believe a knuckle bone found buried beneath a Bulgarian church may belong to John the Baptist, the New Testament prophet who heralded the ministry of Jesus. The archaeologists from Oxford University were surprised that the bones...

Patriarch Conducts Service in Cappadocia for the First Time Since 1922

Hundreds of worshippers joined the Sunday Service conducted by the Patriarch at the Holy Church of Saints Vassilios and Vlassios in historic Misthi, Cappadocia. According to the website fanarion.blogspot.com, for the very first time since 1922, when many Orthodox churches...

Conference on Theological Tourism in Cappadocia

The Non-Governmental Organization 'Aegean Polis' is going to organize an international Symposium on Theological Tourism in March 2012 in Cappadocia, under the initiative of the Turkish Government and academics from Turkey. In November 2011, a preparatory meeting will be held...