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US Museum Returns Rare 10th Century Gospel to Greek Monastery

One of the oldest extant hand-lettered gospels, written in Greek between the end of the 10th century and the start of the 11th, is on its way to being returned to the monastery it was stolen from in northeastern...

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...

Mt. Athos Monastery Quarantined After Eight Monks Diagnosed with Covid

Greek health authorities ordered an Orthodox monastery on Mount Athos to be placed under quarantine on Monday after at least eight confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded among the monks living there. The monastery of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul), founded...

Greek President: Conversion of Chora Museum to Mosque "An Act of Symbolic Violence"

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Friday called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent decision to convert the historic Chora former Christian monastery to a mosque "an act of symbolic violence dictated by political arrogance." After the conversion of Istanbul's Hagia...

Coronavirus: Mount Athos Shuts Down to Visitors To Shield Health of Monks

The all-male monastic autonomous polity of Mount Athos announced on Thursday it will not be receiving any further visitors or pilgrims until March 30, 2020 as part of measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The Orthodox Christian monastic community comprises...

Saint Nicholas of Porto Lagos, Greece's Unique ''Floating Monastery"

The monastery of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) in Porto Lagos, Xanthi in Thrace is a unique religious monument, not simply because of its location but also due to the serenity and beauty which surround it. The small monastery, which is...