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Building Greek Orthodox Christian Churches in Late Ottoman Cappadocia

Start Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:00PM


Tom Papademetriou (Stockton University)

Seminar in Ottoman and Turkish Studies series

The talk explores how Greek Orthodox communities from villages in the region of Kayseri attempted to build, rebuild or repair church buildings in the late Ottoman period. The process was not as simple as raising funds or finding a financial benefactor. Building a church became a communal enterprise led by the local clergy, especially the Metropolitan of Caesarea, but also required the population to marshal significant resources to ensure its success. The challenges both clergy and lay people faced to accomplish the ambitious projects included gathering funds and materials, hiring architects and builders, as well as getting imperial permission. These challenges were met with very creative and effective strategies, and churches depended on these rather than fiat from the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Building a structure of such magnitude took great commitment from multiple stake-holders.


  • Department of History
  • Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Centre for European Russian and Eurasian Studies


Room SS 2098, Natalie Zemon Davis Conference Room, 100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E5 view full map


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Yanar Taş/Taksiarches Monastery, Cappadocia, Turkey