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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.

10 Byzantine Inventions Still Used Today

The Byzantine Empire has made numerous useful contributions to the world. From the fourth to the fifteenth century, in the vast territory ruled by the Byzantines, science, technology, and human ingenuity produced remarkable inventions that shaped various aspects of...

Video Shows Fragments Falling From Dome of Hagia Sophia

A video from 2022 that recently came to light shows fragments falling on visitors from the dome of the Hagia Sophia, the former epicenter of Christian worship in Constantinople, today's Istanbul. The footage released by the Turkish newspaper, BirGün, raises...

Turkey to Charge Hagia Sophia Entrance Fee for Foreign Tourists

Turkey unveiled plans for a visitor management policy at Hagia Sophia, including charging foreign tourists with an entrance fee to be implemented starting Jan. 15. Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that extensive restoration work is underway...

The Hidden Ruins of Byzantine Constantinople in Today’s Istanbul

The ruins of Byzantine culture in Constantinople remain intact to this day reminding the World of the great Byzantine Empire of centuries ago

How Byzantine Architecture Influenced the World

Despite relative obscurity in Western historiography, Byzantine architecture has had a profound influence across the world. The Byzantines, also known as the Eastern Romans, developed a distinctive architectural style that has continued to influence construction to this day. Not limited...

Hagia Sophia in Danger of Collapse Turkish Expert Warns

Hagia Sophia, the epicenter of Christian worship at Constantinople (now Istanbul), is in danger of collapse due to the vast number of visitors a Turkish expert warned. The Hagia Sophia, which has served as an Orthodox cathedral, an Ottoman mosque,...

Six of the Most Important Greek Sites in Turkey

There is an almost uncountable number of ancient Greek and Byzantine archaeological and historical sites in Turkey.

What is Hidden Under Hagia Sophia?

The former Basilica of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople) is the undisputed symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith, hosting millions of visitors, who are awed by its great religious, historical, and architectural importance, each year. From 537 to 1453,...

Senator-elect John Fetterman Blasts Turkey on Religious Freedom

Senator-elect of Pennsylvania John Fetterman recently released a statement regarding his opposition to Turkey’s treatment of the religious freedom of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Orthodox Christianity. Fetterman, on Tuesday, won the race against Dr. Mehmet Oz who was strongly backed...