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May 29, 1453: The Day Constantinople Fell

The fall of Constantinople, on May 29,1453 was the final phase of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars and the darkest page in Greek history

7 Cities in Turkey of Great Greek Heritage

In today’s land of Asia Minor, cradle of ancient Greek scientific and philosophical thought, visitors still find the remnants of a great past.

Constantinople Greeks: The Cosmopolitans of Byzantium’s Capital

Most people are aware of the song “Istanbul was Constantinople” and perhaps no better than the Greeks of Istanbul themselves.

Historic Byzantine Church Unearthed in Turkey

Archaeologists from the Istanbul Archaeology Museums have been excavating the ancient  Byzantine Church of St. Polyeuktos in the Saraçhane neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. The church was built between AD 524 and 527 by Anicia Juliana, a Roman princess during the...

Earthquakes that Devastated Asia Minor in the Ancient Times

The recent earthquake tragedy to strike Turkey was not the first of its kind. Even in ancient times, the territory now known as Turkey was struck by numerous earthquakes. Some of them were devastating to the ancient nations that...

Greek Fire: The Weapon That Protected the Byzantine Empire

Greek fire was a mysterious incendiary weapon that helped the mighty Byzantine Empire survive and ensure its vast sovereignty for centuries

Hagia Sophia: The Center of Greek Orthodox Faith Through the Ages

The Hagia Sophia remains the symbolic center of Greek Orthodoxy, even centuries after its fall to the Ottomans and its conversion to a mosque.

How Did the Byzantines (Eastern Romans) Celebrate Christmas?

In the fourth century AD, the Romans abandoned the Classical pagan pantheon for Christianity. This meant swapping Saturnalia festivities for Christmas celebrations. From these early beginnings, the surviving Byzantine Empire would inherit and modify its own Christmas traditions. As the...

The Greek Orthodox Church Where People From All Faiths Make a Wish

Panagia Vefa is a Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul when on the first day of each month people of all faiths go to make a wish

Byzantine Army: The World’s Most Formidable Multi-Ethnic Force

The Byzantine Army was among the most powerful and effective military forces in the world from the 7th to the 12th centuries. Starting to operate around 395 AD, the army of Byzantium was a continuation of the mighty East Roman...