THE PARISH OF AGIA IN CONSTANTINOPLE - TZIMBALI (1998)
Melpo Kesisoglou - Karystinou

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Publisher: Foundation of the Hellenic World
367 Pages
ISBN: 960-7957-00-8
Code: 00.10.91.0069
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The Foundation of the Hellenic World began its publishing activities with this book by Melpomeni Kesisoglou-Karystinou, which brings to life the parish of Agia, from the early years after the Fall of Constantinople up to the middle of the twentieth century. In its pages the reader sees the gradual revival and prosperous course of a Hellenic community at Constantinople, and discovers the charming world that for centuries lived and worked on the coast of Gulf of Keratios.

Mrs Karystinou has based her work largely on the archives of her father, who was churchwarden at the church of Agios Nikolaos-Tzimbali. But she has also used codes, minutes of meetings, accounts lists, parish registers, descriptions by foreign travellers, and the reminiscences of old inhabitants of Agia. In the first part of the book, she looks at the parish as a whole, and its parishioners and their key part in public life. She then focuses on the area that was known as "pekiarikon", and the "pekiarides", who financially supported not only the community but the Phanari as well. The link between these two parts is the church, the nucleus of the community and its everyday life.

The rich fund of information in the book is accompanied by reproductions of old photographs and sketches created by the writer and researcher on Constantinople, Akilas Millas.

The Book is on sale at the Museum Shop, in the Cultural Centre of FHW, as well as at major bookstores in Greece. For further information contact the Museum Shop of the Cultural Centre, tel.: +(30) 212 254 0000 or write at sales@ime.gr.

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