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The Sound of Hagia Sophia, Recreated Centuries Later

The sound of Hagia Sophia was recreated recently by two scholars from California’s Stanford University by simply popping a balloon. Bissera Pentcheva, a professor of art history, has published a book on the subject titled Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and...

Hidden Byzantine Church in Istanbul Revealed in All Its Glory

A hidden Byzantine church and a holy spring were recently discovered at an excavation site in the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia’s 6th Century Imperial Gate Vandalized

The historic Imperial Gate in Hagia Sophia has been badly damaged, a Turkish group announced on Tuesday. The Turkish Association of Art Historians (STD) posted a picture clearly depicting the damage to the oak wood of the 15-century-old gate. The Imperial...

Hagia Sophia to Hold First Ramadan Prayer in 88 Years

Hagia Sophia, the symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith that was converted by Turkey into a mosque in 2020, will hold its first tarawih prayer in 88 years, a special evening prayer during the Muslim fasting month of...

Mitsotakis and Erdogan Agree to Reduce Tensions in the Aegean

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday afternoon. Mitsotakis first arrived in Istanbul on Sunday morning, attending church services with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Saint George Cathedral, one of the most...

Greek PM Mitsotakis to Meet Erdogan on Sunday

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday, March 13, Turkey announced on Monday. The two leaders will have lunch at the Turkish president’s residence. Mitsotakis will be in Istanbul to celebrate...

CBS Apologizes to Turkey for Depicting Istanbul as Part of Greece

American broadcaster CBS News send a letter of apology to Turkey on Wednesday after portraying Istanbul and the Bosporus Straits as part of Greece in a news report on the Russia-Ukraine war. “This graphic that incorrectly showed Istanbul as a...

Touching Papadopoulos Cookies Ad Goes Viral in Greece

A touching advertisement for Papadopoulos cookies which was created in honor of the company's 100th anniversary has gone viral on social media in Greece. For many Greeks, cookies are synonymous with Papadopoulos, as the country has created some of the...

Mayor of Istanbul Imamoglu to Host Dinner for Christians

Turkey's Mayor Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, will host the first dinner in honor of Christians in the city's history this coming Monday. Notable Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant leaders from Armenian, roman, and Assyrian communities have been asked to attend the event....

Bread Lines Grow in Turkey as Inflation Rises

Bread lines spanned blocks in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday as inflation rises. Scores of Istanbulites have turned to the city's subsidized bread program, Istanbul Halk Ekmek (which translates to "Public Bread"), in order to save money as the Turkish lira...