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Exquisite Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Western Turkey

An early Byzantine Christian monastery with its exquisite mosaic was recently unearthed in Izmir, Western Turkey.

Stolen 10th Century Gospel Returns to Greek Monastery from the US

A rare, handwritten gospel stolen from a Greek monastery is being returned by its latest owner, the Museum of the Bible in Washington. The artifact is believed to be one of the oldest handwritten gospels, written in Greek sometime between...

8 Reasons to Visit the Beautiful Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, still untouched by tourism growth. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between Kos and Tilos. The island extends over a surface of 41 km and its coastline is 28 km long.

The Monastery-Fortress of a Remote Greek Island and its Last Monk

This is the story of Father Grigorios, a Greek-Orthodox monk who lived 38 years of his life, almost alone, in a medieval monastery-fortress on the small Ionian island of Strofades. Father Grigorios passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, at...

Greece’s Unique ”Floating” Monastery of Saint Nicholas

The floating monastery of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) in Porto Lagos, Xanthi in northern Greece is a unique religious monument

Greece Blasts Turkey Over Panagia Soumela “Desecration”

Greece and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew blasted Turkey on Tuesday over the "desecration" of the Panagia Soumela Monastery which was turned into a nightclub for an advertising video clip. The controversial video clip, with a DJ playing loud electronic music in...

Agia Pelagia: The Vision Leading to the Panagia Celebration on Tinos

The Virgin Mary takes center stage in Tinos on August 15 annually, thanks to a humble nun who received a vision, whom we know as Agia Pelagia, or St. Pelagia, today, on the great feast of the Panagia, or...

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Ruins of Monastery, Greek Inscriptions in Egypt

Archaeologists uncovered the ruins of an ancient Christian settlement dating to the fourth and fifth centuries AD in Egypt's Western Desert.

Armenians in Tearful Goodbye to their Own ”Sumela” Monastery

Just like the Greeks who were forced to give up their precious cultural heritage of Pontus and Asia Minor to the Turks a century ago, Armenians did the same over the weekend as they bid farewell to Dadivank Monastery. In...

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...