on the web
The Mission - Baptism of the Slavs
Russian Pilgrims in Constantinople -
including an index of shrines and relics in Constantinople, by G.
Byzantium - The Lost Empire (avi, Part 1: Building the
Dream, Part 2: Heaven on Earth, Part 3: Forever and Ever)
Constantinople Home Page
"... 550 years have passed
since the fall of Constantinople, the See of the Eastern Roman
Empire. Constantinople is perhaps the only city in the world for
which it suffices to say -- The City, and it is known of which one
It is the city of Aghia Sophia, that miraculous temple, which
according to the words of the newly-glorified Saint of the Orthodox
Church Nicholai of Ochrid and Zhicha is "the
most faithful and most glorious exposition of Christian doctrine,
Christian celebration". "It",
according to the same Godly-wise Saint, "manifests
the beginning and the end of the world".
he continues, "the heart of the
Orthodox people and their soul; their eternal hope and inspiration".
The name alone, Aghia Sophia, means the Incarnate
God, the eternal Wisdom of God, and the physical structure of the
temple represents a testimony to the revelation of the Mystery of
the Incarnation. ...
Remembering, therefore, the Fall of Constantinople,
we venerate the wounds of the Crucified Lord and confirm ourselves
in the power of His Resurrection, witnessing before all peoples Him
as the Stone, which the builders rejected and reject, and He has
become the "Cornerstone, and this is
marvelous in our eyes". In that name we
offer brotherly veneration to Your Beatitude and to all the
participants in the convocation marking the 550th Anniversary of the
Fall of Constantinople, greeting you with the joyous Paschal
greeting: CHRIST IS RISEN!
550 years since the fall of
Constantinople - A Letter of the Serbian Patriarch Pavle to Christodoulos of Athens and