His All-Holiness receives Hungarian President János Áder at the Phanar

On Saturday, March 15, 2015, His All-Holiness received President János Áder of Hungary at the Phanar. The presidential delegation included Hungarian Ambassador to Turkey Gábor Kiss and Consul General to Istanbul Balázs Hendrich, as well as Dr. Mr. László Szőke, Ms. Anita Altorjai, Brigadier General Mr. László Szegő and Mr. Ferenc Kékesi. One year ago, an ...

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits little Haghia Sophia

Ecumenical Patriarchate - October 2014 On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, the feast of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, His All-Holiness visited the former Byzantine Church dedicated to the memory of these saints. The current building's construction is traced back to the Roman Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. In 1497, it was converted to a mosque and ...

Haghia Sophia: The First Great Martyr of Christian Art and Architecture, by Nikolaos Manginas

Istanbul, Turkey 9/2/2013 It all started with the Church of Haghia Sophia in Nicaea. Then Haghia Sophia in Trabzon. Both of these glorious Byzantine churches – which functioned for many decades as museums – have now been turned into mosques, a harsh reminder of their forced conversion centuries ago. And this in accordance with recent sudden ...