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The Imposing Lighthouse of Andros, Greece, a Symbol of its Glorious Shipping Past

On the Aegean island of Andros, Greece, a lighthouse emerging from the water like a strange sea creature is one of the most famous spots on the island. The Tourlitis lighthouse, which is located at the northernmost extreme of the...

Greece: The Summer Capital of The World

A favorite tourist destination, Greece has become known as the summer capital of the world, and not without good reason.

Reopening of Chora Monastery as Mosque Postponed

In a surprising about-face, after its announcement yesterday that the Greek Orthodox monastery at Chora would be reopened and used for Muslim prayers on Friday, the Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey said that the reopening of the Monastery...

Turkey Covers Up Priceless Frescoes in Ancient Greek Church for Muslim Prayers

Turkey recently announced that the ancient Greek Orthodox Chora Monastery, located in Istanbul, which was converted into a mosque in August, will open for Muslim prayers on October 30. Chora's priceless artwork, including frescoes and mosaics, have been covered up...

Greek President: Conversion of Chora Museum to Mosque "An Act of Symbolic Violence"

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Friday called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent decision to convert the historic Chora former Christian monastery to a mosque "an act of symbolic violence dictated by political arrogance." After the conversion of Istanbul's Hagia...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Deplores Turkey’s Conversion of Orthodox Church into Mosque

Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, deplored Friday's decision by Turkish authorities to re-convert the Byzantine-era Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Savior in Chora back into a mosque. The Archbishop wrote on Twitter: "After the tragic transgression with...

After Hagia Sophia Turkey Converts Another Byzantine Church to Mosque

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a presidential decree on Friday turning the historic Holy Saviour in Chora, a medieval Byzantine church in western Constantinople that was a museum, into a mosque. The move follows the July decision to convert...