THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
The origins of the great civilization known as the Byzantine Empire can be traced to 330 A.D., when the Roman emperor Constantine I dedicated a “new Rome” on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium.
|The Byzantine Empire flag.|
Though the western half of the Roman Empire crumbled and fell in 476, the eastern half survived for 1,000 more years, spawning a rich tradition of art, literature and learning and serving as a military buffer between the states of Europe and the threat of invasion from Asia.
|Agia Sofia in its original look.|
|Agia Sofia After the Ottoman occupation, having become a mosque.|
Below the English version (translation) of the video is the original, in Russian with Greek subs.
Turkey recently announced that after nearly one hundred years of operation Agia Sophia as a museum, at this year's anniversary of the Fall, on May 29, will reopen as a mosque - provoking reactions from Putin (Russia) and Merkel (Germany) but also within Turkey, from the millions of its residents who are of the white race.
These "white" inhabitants of present-day Turkey are of Ionian origin (Iones = ancient Greek tribe), and are Muslims now (600 years ago the 'fathers' were Christians, 2000 years ago their 'grandparents' believed in the Olympian gods...)
|The Greek gods.|
The other two tribes of Turkey are:
1) the Mongols (Erdogan, Davutoglu) and
2) the Arabs (from Kurdistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria...)