These collection plates belong to the church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni in Paşabahçe in Istanbul. They are from different time periods. As the population of Greeks declined dramatically in this neighborhood, the plates are not in use anymore and were placed in store in the church. The president of the Church’s foundation is Thannasis, aged 82. With his wife, […]

This window is in the church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni in Paşabahçe 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, […]

There used to be around seven holy springs (ayazma) in Paşabahçe district. Today Agia Kiriaki Holy Spring is the only remaining one. Tanasis, who is in his sixties, took me there and pointed out the oil lamp that is lit. He said ‘it’s something spiritually important for us to keep that oil lamp going…’