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A window onto the past

This is in the church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni in  in Istanbul. It is a special window. The president of the Church’s foundation is Thanassis, aged 82. He brought the window piece by piece from Athens over multiple trips and many years. He and his wife are the only remaining Greeks in the neighbourhood.

The church, he says, is like a home to him. Four generations of his family have been married, baptized there, and had funerals there. He spends much of his time there, whether lighting the oil lamps or curating an extensive, informal collection of objects, documents, and images. These represent his life, but also the life of the church, the community. These collections are carefully displayed in the private areas of the church.