Ottoman Empire

Alexandros Ypsilantis: The Greek Hero Who Sparked the War of Independence

Before the breakout of the War of Independence, Alexandros Ypsilantis decided that the first blow against the Ottomans should be outside Greece

Former British Museum Trustee Calls for Return of Parthenon Marbles

Noted British sculptor and former Trustee of the British Museum Sir Antony Gormley came out for the return of the Parthenon Marbles on Wednesday, saying "I would be happy to return them." In an interview with the magazine British Archaeology,...

Ambassador Maslov Highlights Russian Role in Greek Revolution of 1821

Andrei Maslov, the Ambassador of Russia to Greece, explained recently his nation's role in assisting the Greeks during the War of Independence and the Greek Revolution of 1821. Speaking with Greece's OPEN tv, Maslov explained how the Russians were either...

The Fascinating History of Thessaloniki's Iconic White Tower

Residents of Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, often use its White Tower as a point of reference when giving directions in the beautiful seaside city. That's because the tower is by far Thessaloniki's most iconic monument. The ancient city, located...

Greeks Remember Genocide of Their Ancestors in Pontus

Every year on May 19 Pontic Greeks commemorate one of the darkest pages in Hellenic history, as the date will forever be connected to the genocide of their ancestors at the hands of the Turks. The Pontic Genocide cost 353,000...

Commemorating Thessaloniki's Liberation from the Turks

It was October 26, 1912 when freedom bells rang in Thessaloniki, as the Greek army liberated the city from Ottoman rule. The city was freed only 20 days after the declaration of the First Balkan War. At the start of...

October 20 Marks 192 Years Since the Battle of Navarino

One of the most important battles in Greece’s War of Independence took place 192 years ago today, on October 20, 1827. It was on this date that a coalition of united European powers defeated the Ottoman Turkish naval forces in...

”It’s Not Constantinople, It’s Istanbul; It’s Islam-bul” Turkey’s Erdogan Says

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that still ''there are people who want to see Istanbul as Constantinople,'' on Saturday. Erdogan was participating in the series of public spectacles and events which Turkey organizes every year on the occasion of the...

May 29, 1453: The Day Constantinople Fell

The fall of Constantinople, which occurred on May 29,1453 was the final phase of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars (1265-1453) and the darkest page in Greek history and in the Orthodox Church. The seat of the Byzantine Empire for a millennium, Constantinople...

The Anniversary of the Battle of Navarino: A Major Victory in Greece's War of Independence

One of the most crucial dates in Greece's War of Independence is October 20, 1827. It was on this date that a coalition of European powers defeated the Ottoman naval forces in Navarino. After almost 400 years of Ottoman rule, the Greeks...