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Work has begun early this month to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. A place of pilgrimage, faith passion and mystery, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of the most popular religious sites in the world. The cavernous basilica, filled with obscure niches, secret Crusader tombs, and hidden chapels and golden icons, marks the site where Catholic and Eastern Orthodox faiths believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose. Read more
For more than three decades, the Big Greek Food Fest at Niles, Illinois, has engaged as many as 15,000 people annually in Greek culture through authentic food and entertainment. The annual three-day event held in July is presented at Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church. Festivities take place on church grounds located just 15 miles north of Chicago. Ample free parking provides easy access to the fun. Read more
The Sacramento Kings frontcourt just got even bigger.
The Kings (via the Phoenix Suns), selected 7-foot-2 center Georgios Papagiannis with the No. 13 overall pick.
Papagiannis grew up in Amarousio, Greece, debuting for the Greek club team Peristeri in 2012 when he was just 14 years-old. He is the youngest player to ever participate in the Greek Basket League. Read more
Not only was I unfamiliar with Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street, the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere and a New York City landmark, but I’d never heard the term Romaniote Judaism.
It’s a community of Greek Jews more than 2,000 years old. They came to the U.S. starting in the early 1900s; the synagogue on the Lower East Side opened in 1927. Read more
Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano has finished a major new complex in Athens, Greece, that features a park, a library, and a theater. Called the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (named after the multi-billionaire Greek shipping tycoon) and located in the Kallithea district, Greece’s most densely populated municipality, the 1.8 million-square-foot space will be home to the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. Read more
A team of archaeologists diving near the Greek island of Antikythera have reported a startling new discovery from a previously explored 2,000-year-old shipwreck. The find — a very heavy, metal cylinder — offers new insights into the maritime warfare of ancient times, the scientists say. Read more