Tag: Diaspora

  • Alexandria, Egypt - Following Cavafy

    His home was as simple as his verses and his character.

    Constantine Cavafy was born in Alexandria in 1863 and his parents were of Constantinople descent. He was a cosmopolitan, since his family roots were spreading from Constantinople to Alexandria and from Trapezounta to London. He lived as an authentic Greek and as a world's civilian at the same time.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Learning in Zografeion Greek High School

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  • My heart always remains in Greece

    Many Greeks of the diaspora who passionately love Greece visit www.greecewithin.com. One of them is Dimitris Rellos, who was born in Kleitoria, Kalavryta, and migrated to New York 43 years ago. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science and became a manager in large U.S. companies, as well as owner of his own software development consulting firm. Every year, he visits his home village and reunites with family and childhood friends. We recently communicated and learned that he is a master of expressive photography and maintains the notable website www.DimitriRellos.com. We asked him to send us a series of photos he shot during his travels in Greece and to accompany each photo with a caption that describes his emotional response to the visual stimulus of each subject captured. The results are striking and affecting.

  • Halki (Heybeliada) Theological School - Ready to operate


    "I've learned to distinguish the Yunan (Greeks) in all the years I travel this route. Worshipers from Yunnanistan (Greece) never stop visiting Halki Theological School. They come all year round", said an old man, sitting beside us on the boat, on our way to Halki.

  • Princes' Islands - Theological School of Halki


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  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Legendary Greek School

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  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Where is the king sleeping?

    The Gül mosque is keenly connected to conjectures referring to Constantine Palaeologus's grave.This article describes a wondrous tour in Constantinople to investigate credible information on an exciting scenario regarding the burial ground of Constantine Palaiologos. The information we gathered is astounding! Even though we were wandering around for several hours without finding exactly what we were looking for, we at least had the chance to daydream for a while. To us Greeks, Constantinople is the legendary city of our hearts, where we are allowed to daydream without the risk of being misjudged as stargazers.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) 1453 - The last moments of the Emperor


     The soldiers who defended Constantinople just before the Fall were hopelessly few, because the city's population was small and many young men betook to monasteries in order to avoid the recruitment. When Constantine Palaeologus asked to know about the last general recruitment’s results before the final confrontation with the Ottomans, his close partner Frantzis told him that only 4,937 out of 30,000 men were finally conscripted because the rest of them weren't able to carry arms. The king then sighed and asked him to keep the number secret.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - The Mass of Resurrection of Jesus at the Monastery of Blachernae

    1bWe arrived at the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae on Easter Eve, right before the beginning of the Mass and our glance fell on the marble plate, where the Akathyst Hymn, a hymn of the Eastern Orthodox tradition, was engraved.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Pilgrimage in seven Greek Orthodox epitaphs

    The Epitaph of Saint Euphemia of Chalcedon was embroidered 270 years ago The Greeks remaining in Constantinople are few but there are plenty of Greek Orthodox churches. Even if all of the Orthodox population went to church every day, some of them would be empty. But that does not stop the Greeks from finding ways to liven up the churches and prevent them becoming decorated. Every Good Friday they worship the Seven Epitaphs , ensuring that all processions have a small number of attendees. Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras used to say: "We the Greeks of Constantinople are few, but countless".

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Zografeion Greek High School

    11Zografeion Greek High School, which is in the historical district of Peran, was built in 1893. It was mainly funded by the benefactor Christakis Zografos and the lead architect was Pericles Photiades. Today it has only 49 students, many of whom live far from the school and even have a boat ride in front of them in order to get there. They uncomplainingly wake up very early in the morning, under hard weather conditions and cross long distances, not only to obtain Greek education but also to meet with other Greeks and keep their school and their nation alive.

  • Venice - The Byzantine treasures of Saint Marcus

    The four authentic gilded horses decorating Constantinople's race circus."Put the camera down immediately because it is forbidden in this place". The guard's tone didn't take any objections. A few hours ago, when we were among tourists from all over the world at the ground floor of Saint Marcus's temple in Venice, no one prevented us from taking pictures of the place. When we got on the balcony, though, where pieces of art that had been snatched from Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1204 were being kept, after its conquest by the crusaders, we were almost treated as criminals.

  • Greek community of Venice - From the 10th century until today

    The Greeks of Venice fought for ages until they were allowed to build the church of Saint George.

    Two blocks away from the popular Saint Mark's square in the centre of Venice, there is the canal of the Greeks (Rio dei Greci), which delimits the homonymous islet (Campo dei Greci). This islet is where thousands of Greek immigrants from Greece and fugitives from the fallen Constantinople (Istanbul) have lived, succeeded and produced a priceless spiritual work for ages.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Pages of Hellenism

    They returned to Constantinople to save the Evening Post, the historical Greek newspaper.

    Eighty six years have passed since the Greek daily newspaper "Evening Post" was first released in Constantinople. Along with the Turkish Cumhuriyet, they are both Turkey's oldest newspapers. The Evening Post used to sell 30,000 papers, which was more than the Turkish newspapers used to sell, as the Greeks were numerous and they used to read a lot, due to their high educational level. Nowadays it sells 600 papers, 90% of which are being sold in Constantinople and the rest of them in Greece. As the number of the Greek-speaking families in Constantinople is equal to the Evening Post's circulation, this newspaper could be easily included in the Guinness Book, since it's being read by the 99,9% of its potential readers.

  • Trieste, Italy - Epiphany with the Greek community

    After the dive in the frozen waters, a great moral reward awaits the swimmer. (Photos: Greek Institution of Culture of Italy)

    Every year, the Greek Community of Trieste celebrates the Epiphany in great splendor. In the morning, the Greeks gather at the church of Saint Nicholas, which is on the coastal avenue, in order to watch the liturgy. Then they walk together to the port's pier, where they throw the cross in the sea and bless the waters.

  • Egypt - Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria

    The Alexandrian Patriarchate remains perfectly preserved.

    The Patriarchate of Alexandria has the whole Orthodox Christian population of Africa under its spiritual jurisdiction and is the second Orthodox patriarchate, according to the canonical order (after the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople). Its missionary work is in the depths of Africa is prominent, where theological guidance and charity work is continuously expanding and is increasingly embraced by the unfortunate continent.

  • Baloukli Abbey, Constantinople (Istanbul) - Don’t cry for it

    Tombstones of Constantinople’s and Asia Minor's Greeks.

    According to tradition, on May 29th 1453, a monk of Baloukli Abbey in Constantinople was frying fish beside the holy water springing out of the monastery’s foundation, when someone informed him that the city had been conquered. "I shall believe you only if the fish jump out of the frying pan and dive into the Holy Water", the monk answered. He had just uttered the phrase when the half-fried fish jumped into the water. That is how the Zoodohou Pigi's monastery got the name Baloukli. It derives from the Turkish word "balik", which means fish.

  • Muhammad the Conqueror - He conquered armed with fear

    Muhammad the Conqueror oversees the colossal task of the land transportation of the Ottoman ships from Bosporus to the Golden Horn (War museum of Constantinople).

    In February of 1451 sultan Murad died and he was succeeded by his son Muhammad, who was barely twenty years old. Constantine Palaeologos seemed to be happy when the young sultan promised to maintain the peaceful coexistence of Greeks and Turks in Byzantium, and continuing his father's policy.

  • Greek schools of Alexandria - Keeping Hellenism alive

    Very few students are left in each class, but the educational level still remains high.

    During the period of the Greek community's bloom in Alexandria many schools for the expatriated were built so that the educational needs of thousands of Greek children could be covered. Education was previously not limited in elementary schools and high schools, but it was extended in a higher level. Salvagios School of Commerce used to be in the building where the elementary school is being housed, which was a donation of Constantine Salvagos, the banker, and many recherché accountants who were never left without a job graduated from this school. In addition, the famous Zervoudakios Urban School, a donation of the banker George Zervoudakis, used to be in the building where the high school is now being housed.

  • Constantinople - Zappeion Greek girls’ school

    The lounges of Zappeion school are imposing and cause awe.

  • Greek schools of Cairo - The students are falling off

    Young students of the primary school at the central entrance.

    The blooming Greek community of Cairo, at the beginnings of the 19th century, was followed by the construction of many Greek schools, which were scattered all around the city and were attended by thousands of students. But the social rearrangements that took place during the 50's, when Egypt nationalized foreign companies, led to the beginning of the Greek community's decline and the decrease in the number of Greek students.

  • Greek community of Alexandria - Ages of presence

    Salvagios Professional School of Alexandria.

    When Alexander the Great crossed the area of Alexandria in 332 B.C., he kneeled on the vast beach and carved on the sand the amphitheatrical shape of the future town, which would later become the capital of Egypt and would be named after him.

  • Venice - Greek Institute of Byzantine studies

    The Flangini Hall of the Greek Institute of Venice.

    "The greatest satisfaction for me here in Venice is when I see the joy on young scholars' faces, every time they discover files related to the historical course of Hellenism in the Institute's libraries".

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Baloukli Greek hospital

    Exemplary Greek hospital, supported by the expatriates' bequests.

    The Greek hospital Baloukli in Constantinople was founded in 1753 and has 800 beds distributed in 17 buildings spread over 42,000 square metres. Its financial resources come from the exploitation of real estate and Greek family's manors, and from patients' medical expenses. The indigent Greek patients are treated free of charge and the hospital is reasonably priced for the rest of Turkish and Greek patients.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Baloukli Greek nursing home

    They return from Greece to Constantinople in order to live the last few years of their lives.

    Baloukli's Greek nursing home is situated beside the Greek hospital of Constantinople. Its financial resources come from the exploitation of real estate and Greek family's manors while it only houses Orthodox Greeks, free of charge. Today more than 110 elderly live there.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) 29th of May 1453 - The service never finished

    Hagia Sophia is not only a universal monument of great beauty, but also a place of martyrdom.

    In the awful morning of the 29th of May 1453 Hagia Sophia was crowded with women, children and elderly people who were attending their last service. When the Ottomans arrived, stirring trouble outside the church the heavy door was bolted. At first they tried to open it by clanking their swords on it and pushing it with their bodies. The door was not budging, until they struck it with heavy wooden beams.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - He reads books all the time

    Someone offered him an AEK scarf,  a football team in Katerini, and he sees it as a treasure.

    Vasilis Lamprianides is lives at the Baloukli Greek nursing home in Constantinople. His room is clean as a whistle and filled with books and Greek dictionaries. He went to Greece in 1977 and returned to Constantinople in 2005 to spend the rest of his life there. He is not abandoned in the nursing home, on the contrary; he lives in a decent, well-staffed environment with the Greek hospital's doctors just a door away in case of emergency.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - Hunkiar beyendi

    Her house has Greek touches and everything is perfectly placed within it.

    "We can see that Hellenism is fading out but we won't leave. It's hard to leave behind something that works for you and rebuild your life from scratch. Besides, even though we were spoilt as children, we are also taught how to stand on our feet during hardships. We are not only 'fair weather' children".

  • Trieste, Italy - He adores Pericles and roast lamb on the spit

    From a village of Crete to multinational Trieste.

    Myron Lagouvardos, from the village Apostoloi in Rethymnon, studied pharmaceutics in Trieste but preferred to permanently live there, because he was charmed by its beauty and multicultural character. He never thought he was going to like being a pharmacist. He preferred to open what was to be a marvellous Cretan restaurant. Many of his cooking ingredients come directly from Crete and they are very popular to his customers, many of whom are famous Italian politicians and artists.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - My passion helps me hold on

    Dimitris Fragkopoulos, a great Greek.

    “The old stories, the ones about past glories and Emperor Constantine Paleologos, we’ve heard them all being narrated in conferences in Greece and we’ve understood them well. The issue is what we are going to do from now on in order not to become extinct. The Greeks of Constantinople who permanently returned to Greece ask us why we haven’t left too. We don’t like this question. Did we ever ask them why they left? We justified them, we understood them, we felt their pain, but let us not be judged in the end”.

  • Constantinople (Istanbul) - We are the salt of the City

     Turks learning Greek dances. There is a great interest about Greek arts in Constantinople.

    "I was born the year the Turks invaded Cyprus. It was all black back then. I grew up in my father's grocery store on Imvros, among spices, dried red peppers and okras threaded on small ropes. I kept my Greek nationality". Musician Stelios Berberis came to Greece in order to study economics and learn traditional music under Domna Samiou. When he finished his studies he came back to Constantinople.