Nikos Magginas, Photographer of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Dies
Nikos Magginas, the personal photographer of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople died on Saturday.
Ecumenical Patriarchate Celebrates Epiphany with Blessing of the Waters
The Ecumenical Patriarchate celebrated the Epiphany as it usually does, with a cross thrown into the waters of the Bosphorus.
Greek EU Minister Schinas Expresses Anger Over Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia
"Turkey must finally decide what its broader geopolitical goal will be," said Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission's vice-president and Commissioner for the promotion of the European way of life, during the presentation of the new EU strategy for the...
The Historical Memory of Constantinople, 567 Years After the Fall
Michael Goodyear* May 29, 1453: the final Ottoman assault on Constantinople succeeds. Ottoman cannon fire had battered the great Theodosian Walls of the city. The last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos-Dragases, had torn off his imperial regalia and died fighting...
Erdogan Announces Islamic Prayer at Hagia Sophia on Anniversary of Fall of Constantinople
A replica wall of the famous Byzantine-era walls of Contantinople was erected outside Hagia Sophia on Thursday as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a prayer to commemorate the 567th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople would be...
Neglected Historic Greek Sites in Turkey Falling into Ruin
The recent collapse of part of the historic Byzantine wall in the Topkapi neighborhood of Constantinople has raised concerns over the maintenance of a range of iconic ancient Greek, Byzantine and Roman sites in Turkey. Part of the Theodosian Walls,...
Ecumenical Patriarch Announces Halt to All Orthodox Church Services Globally Due to Coronavirus
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople issued a statement on Wednesday announcing the Church's new decision in regard to the covid-19 global coronavirus pandemic. According to this statement, all religious ceremonies, events and rituals will be suspended in all of the Patriarchate's...
February 29 Marks 80th Birthday of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
2020 is a leap year, meaning that February has 29 instead of 28 days, and millions of people this year are celebrating their birthday accurately, for the first time since ...2016! A person born on February 29 may be called a...
Turkey to Turn Historic Orthodox Church Into a Mosque; Is Hagia Sophia Next?
Turkey's Council of State, the country's highest administrative court, has recently approved changing the historic Chora Greek Orthodox Church located in Istanbul, currently a museum, into a mosque. Commentators say that sets the legal precedent for transforming Hagia Sophia, the...
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Castigates Moscow Patriarchate Over Ukraine
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I strongly criticized the Russian Patriarchate of Moscow on Tuesday regarding the issue of the independence of the Ukrainian Church. The already-cool relations between the two Christian Orthodox Patriarchates were completely severed a few...