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The Venizelos Mansion: The Oldest House in Athens is Also a Museum

Although the Greek capital of Athens is full of ancient monuments and temples, its oldest standing house, the Venizelos Mansion, dates to the 16th century.

How Climate Change Weakened the Ottoman Empire

At its peak, the Ottoman Empire spanned three continents, controlling a vast part of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

May 29, 1453: The Day Constantinople Fell

The fall of Constantinople, on May 29,1453 was the final phase of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars and the darkest page in Greek history

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 city.

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

Evangelistria Monastery in Skiathos, The Cradle of Modern Greece

The Evangelistria Monastery on the Greek island of Skiathos holds the story of Modern Greece in the walls, hallways and courtyards. This historical monastery was first founded in 1794 by a group of monks from Mount Athos and played a...

Lousios Gorge: A Hike in Arcadia, Peloponnese

Lousios Gorge has been inhabited for centuries in Greece, mainly by hermits and monks who lived in caves. Two monasteries located near the gorge remain open to visitors: Philosophou and Prodromo. The historian Pausanias described Lousios Gorge as the place...

Thessaloniki Celebrates Liberation from the Ottomans

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...

Battle of Navarino: A Milestone in the Greek War of Independence

The Battle of Navarino, one of the most important battles in Greece’s War of Independence, took place 194 years ago today, on October 20, 1827. It was on this date that a coalition of united European powers defeated the Ottoman...

Smyrna Catastrophe: Genocide of Greeks in Asia Minor Remembered

Today marks 99 years since the Catastrophe of Smyrna, when Greeks were forced to flee the city due to a fire set by Turkish forces.