Category Archives: History

In Bulgaria, Roman Grandeur East of Italy

The Balkans define the meeting of East and West, between what we know as the Western Roman Empire and the so-called Byzantine Empire. The fault line of history and different religious orthodoxies, A true melting pot of cultures which has … Continue reading

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On the anniversary of the critical battle of Manzikert

On hearing of the approach of a large Byzantine army, the Tukish ruler raised his siege of Aleppo and marched into Anatolia to fight the advancing forces. by Niki Gamm ISTANBUL from Hürriyet Daily News The Seljuk Turks first entered … Continue reading

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Underground cells Ottoman Dungeons

The Anemas Dungeon is more like a prison than a dungeon and was built in Byzantine times to house prisoners who had unsuccessfully revolted against the Byzantine emperor. It is part of the land walls on the west side of … Continue reading

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The Nicene Creed

The  Nicene Creed has been the common expression of Christian faith for over 1,600 years. Despite some disputes between the church in east and west, the Creed remains something that binds all Christians. Over this holy period of Easter when … Continue reading

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Byzantium and Islam Age of Transition March 14–July 8, 2012

This new exhibition in New Yorks’ Metropolitan Museum looks like it will be a cracker. If you are in the city over the next few months do visit and tell us what you think. From the Met’s site …. The … Continue reading

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Transition to Christianity, Onassis Cultural Center, New York City

An insightful art exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City is providing answers to one of the central mysteries of Western civilization. How did Christianity evolve from a persecuted religious sect under the Roman Empire into a … Continue reading

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Byzantine Prayer Box Found in Jerusalem Dig

 The miniature box adorned with cross dates from 6-7 century AD. It contains two icons surrounded by gold leaf. By Gil Ronen First Published in IsraelNationalNews.com 27 Oct 2011 Archaeologists in Jerusalem discovered a miniature Christian prayer box that dates … Continue reading

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