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Sinop city travel
Sinop travel
situated on a narrow peninsula at Turkey’s northernmost point, Sinop is like a Black Sea island with its good-natured people and streets where time passes slowly.

pontian greek Development of the Pontic Greek Dialect
Development of the Pontic Greek Dialect
Will Pontic Greek continue to be spoken? Bortone (2009) believes Pontic Greek spoken in the Pontos in Asia Minor today will probably disappear. The challenge is to keep the Pontic Greek dialect alive. The more recent work of researchers like Emeritus Professor Peter Mackridge, Assistant Professor Pietro Bortone, Dr Theofanis Malkidis, Ömer Asan, Dr Anthi Revithiadou and Dr Vassilios Spyropoulos have increased our knowledge of the dialect.

Time For to Discover the Black Sea Highlands

Time For to Discover the Black Sea Highlands

Discover the Black Sea highlands in September when time is suddenly rent by a blanket of fog or the cry of a vulture, and make the acquaintance of nature in its most beautiful aspect.

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Formation of the First Greek Settlements in the Pontos

According to Liddell and Scott’s An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, the word Pontos stands for the sea, especially the open sea. In time, the word Pontos became associated with the north-eastern portion of Asia Minor that borders the Black Sea (see Map 1).1 The Greeks first called the Black Sea, Aξεινος πóντος (inhospitable, unfriendly pontos), but later it was called Εϋξεινος πóντος (hospitable pontos) when they became aware of its wealth in the lands around it ...

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Crypto-Christians of the Trabzon Region of Pontos

The crypto-Christians (also called cryphi, klosti, Stavriotes, Kromledes) were Christian Greeks who due to the Muslim persecution against Christians publicly declared themselves Muslims. However, in secret, they upheld their Greek language, customs and Christian religious practices...

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The monastery situated ivithin the boundaries of Simsirli-Kustul v village in Macka, Esiroglu in the city of Trabzon, is built on a hill I mewing the valley. Built in the year 752 and looted in 1203, the 1 monastery regained its service in the year 1393.
It ivas burned in fire in 1904, and rebuilt for the third time. It is ! known that the small church to the north of the inn inside the monastery has no traces today.
Inside the monastery, on the right and left side of the inner courtyard are two-three storey monastery rooms. The ones on the north are known as guest rooms and those on the south, as monk cells. Through the photos taken in 1903 by Cumont, it is seen that the monastery besides being a large church, is also made of another church with a cross plan and a monastery.
The stairs from the west side go into the inside of the monastery.
Its wide halls and guest rooms catches one’s attention. In time, the cross planned church ivas damaged and vanished without a trace. Though it is found to have corridors stretching to the valley, they cannot be used today


Though not having a certain date of foundation, Vazelon Monastery, which is located in Kiremitli residence, 14 kms. to Magka, is thought to have been built between 270-317s. The monasteiy was restored byJustinianus in 565. In 644-702 the monasteiy underwent a good many repairs and restorations. The parts which still stand today dated to 14th and 19th centuries. The monastery which continued its missions till the 20th century was abrogated in 1923. Various sources indicate that the monastery was devoted to prophet fashua.
The ground floor entrance, the windows and the doors of the monasteiy which have an entrance in the west are closed. As one climbs the stairs s/he can see three rooms in each narroiv corridor. There is a huge dining hall, kitchen and a large refectory. Next to these are three Byzantine basilicas and a vaulted cistern. In the northern exterior wall, the frescoes depicting the heaven, the hell and the final judgment are seen.
In the ground floor of the monastery are stairs paving the way for a small hall. There are six rooms located in two sides of corridors.

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