Inspired by the popular board game Monopoly, Greek designers created Constantinopoly, where players buy plots in Constantinople using Byzantine and Ottoman coins to build the city's famous monuments, while historical events such as the city's fall in 1453 influence the development of the game. The board game aims to spread knowledge of Greek culture and history in an innovative way.
A rare medieval illuminated manuscript on the life and works of Alexander the Great, Codex 5 of the Venice Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Studies, has been unveiled in digital form to the public for the first time, in an exhibition organised as part of the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).
"From Macedonian to Thessalian Tempi" at the Museum of Byzantine Culture showcases five fortification sites - Rentina, the fortification wall of Cassandreia and the castles of Pydna, Platamon and Velika - from Macedonia and Thessaly which were founded, constructed or renovated during the reign of Justinian I (527-565).
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is hosting the exhibition "From Macedonian to Thessalian Tempi: From Rentina to Velika," showcasing discoveries made during excavations in the central Macedonian region. The artifacts include items from the castle of Rentina, the fortification wall of Cassandreia, as well as the castles of Pydna, Platamon and Velika.
The first Hagia Sophia was built in 360 AD with a basilica layout and architectural features. In 405, Hagia Sophia was rebuilt after it was burnt down during an uprising and was reopened in 415. The monument today is the third Hagia Sophia built on the same ground, according to records.