Turkey

Greek Orthodox Church Reopens After World War I

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Greek consul general for İzmir Theodore Tsakiris and Menemen mayor Tahir Şahin were among the major attendees during Sunday's opening ceremony of Agios Konstantinos, the Greek orthodox church in Menemen, Turkey, which had been...

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Praises Religious Freedoms in Turkey

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I expressed the Greek Orthodox community’s gratitude to the Turkish government for allowing them to hold a service in an ancient church in western Turkey. The Istanbul-based Fener patriarch, called the permission to hold the liturgy...

Turkish President to Bargain Halki Theological School for Mosque in Thessaloniki

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he would allow the re-opening of the Theological School of Halki if Greece allows at least one mosque in Thessaloniki. "Turkey is in favor of the immediate re-opening of the Theological School of...

Restoration Underway for Historic Greek Consulate in Western Turkey

The restoration process of a historic Greek Consulate building in the Aegean province of Izmir has begun, with Greek government funding. The historic consulate, which was built in the late 19th century, will be fortified in a restoration that is...

Greek Deputy Defense Minister Lays Wreath at ANZAC Memorial in Gallipoli

Deputy Defense Minister Costas Isychos represented Greece's government in the commemoration event at Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, for the 100-year anniversary of the ANZAC landing. Isychos, who was accompanied by the Ambassador of Greece to Ankara Kyriakos Loukakis, laid a wreath to...

Students Travel to Birthplace of Zografeion Lyceum’s Founder

Students from the Greek school Zografeion Lyceum in Istanbul, Turkey, visited the Greek town of Ioannina where Christakis Zografos, their school's founder, used to study at Zosimaia School. Tomorrow, April 16, for the first time in the Greek school’s 121 years...

Turkey: First Resurrection in St. Voukolos Church, Izmir

This year's Holy Friday and Holy Saturday were special for Greeks across the globe but also for the Greek Orthodox community of Izmir, Turkey, since this year, from Holy Thursday evening until Easter Sunday morning, all the liturgical ceremonies, including...

First Modern-Day Quran Recitation in Hagia Sophia Takes Place on Greek Easter Saturday

The historic Istanbul cathedral and museum, Hagia Sophia, witnessed its first Quran recitation under its roof after 85 years on Greek Easter Saturday, Anadolu agency reported. On April 11th the imam at modern Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in the capital...

Dutch Parliament Recognizes Greek, Assyrian and Armenian Genocide

The Dutch Parliament passed a binding resolution yesterday recognizing the genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One. The resolution, tabled by MP Joel Voordewind from the Christian Union party, enjoyed wide support from...

Lemnos – Gallipoli Project: Women in War

Preparations for the Lemnos-Gallipoli Project: Women in War are finally coming to an end. The international cultural project is organized in commemoration of the 100th anniversary since the Gallipoli campaign, which cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Thousands of...