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Turkey Again Calls for Change of Hagia Sofia Status

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan has yet again caused a stir in Greece, after requesting that the former Greek Orthodox church of Hagia Sophia be turned into a mosque.

Corinth, Kavala to Promote Religious Tourism via the ‘Footsteps of St Paul’ Tour

The municipalities of Corinth and Kavala have agreed to jointly promote the "Footsteps of St Paul" tours, aiming to further develop religious tourism in Greece.

Turkey’s High Court Rejects Plea to Turn Hagia Sophia into Mosque

Turkey’s High Court has ruled that the former Greek Orthodox church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul cannot be used as a mosque and will remain a museum.

Ban on Wedding Ceremonies in Lindos Sparks Tourism Pros Reaction

Rhodes tourism professionals are upset over a decision to ban civil ceremonies at the Monastery of Agios Pavlos in Lindos due to a cheeky wedding photo of British newlyweds.

Centuries Later Jesus’ Tomb Sees Light of Day

A conservation team headed by the National Technical University of Athens working on a restoration project of the Holy Edicule, the shrine that surrounds the stone tomb believed to belong to Christ, peeled back marble slabs dating back to at last 1555 AD covering the original...

Greece, Russia Pondering European Pilgrimage Route

Greece may be joining Russia in the creation of a European pilgrimage route bringing Serbia on board as well, Russian Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova said last week, adding that the project will be implemented as part of cooperation with the Council of Europe.

Travel Agencies, Greek Church Join Forces to Promote Religious Tourism

Board members of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) met with the Holy Synod, the ruling body of the Greek Orthodox Church, last week to discuss the potential and promotion of religious tourism.

15 August: A Day Of Celebration In Greece

The 15th of August is one of the biggest religious celebrations in Greece after Easter and Christmas, a national holiday that is observed by the public and private sector.

New Emphasis on Religious Tourism

Greece is ready to exploit its rich religious tradition in order to entice visitors from fellow Orthodox Christian countries with the Greek Tourism Ministry intending to tap a bountiful heritage of churches, relics and miraculous icons dating back to the Byzantine Empire.