We went to Greece, and they took us where they worship their God, and we do not know whether we were in heaven or upon earth, for there is not upon earth such sight or beauty. We were perplexed, but this much we know: that there God lives among men, and their service is better than in any other country. We cannot forget that beauty, for every man that has partaken of sweetness will not afterwards accept bitterness, and thus we can no longer remain in our former condition.
Grand Prince Vladimir and the Conversion of Russia, according to the Chronicle of Nestor
america. however, many eastern european countries are primarily greek orthodox christian and celebrate christmas on the 7th due to differing calendars. while i personally don’t celebrate, my family does, as may some of my followers.
The Blue Mosque Seen from the Hagia Sophia - Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s construction dates back to 537 AD. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul’s historic centre. A popular tourist site, it continues as a mosque today. Construction of the Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was between 1609 and 1616 AD.