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What Will Happen Now to Hagia Sophia's Byzantine Mosaics?

Following Turkey's decision to annul the 1934 conversion of Constantinople’s Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its reconversion into a mosque, questions are asked about the fate of numerous mosaics that decorate several of its interior...

German Tourist Returns Ancient Mosaics Taken from Greece in the 1960s

Fragments of three floor mosaics removed from archaeological sites in the 1960s were returned to Greece on October 10, the culture and sports ministry said in an announcement on Wednesday. The three fragments were sent in the post to the...

Why was the Ancient Greek City of Hadrianopolis Abandoned?

Turkish archaeologists believe they will soon solve the mystery regarding the abandonment of the ancient city of Hadrianapolis, located in the Eskipazar district of the Black Sea province of Karabuk, according to a report from Hurriyet Daily News. İbrahim Sahin, the...

Looted Cyprus Mosaics Discovered

Priceless mosaics looted from a church in Cyprus and missing for decades have been found, according to a foundation which campaigns against art theft. A mosaic of St Mark and fragment of another depicting Christ were originally part of artwork...

Greek Culture Unearthed in War-Torn Syria

Amid the bloody conflict in Syria, evidence of ancient Greek culture in the war-torn Middle Eastern country has recently been unearthed. Three Byzantine mosaic panels have been discovered inside an archaeological site during a Syrian army mine-clearance operation in the...