Argyroupolis Tuition Center

The Argyroupolis Greek Tuition Center also known as Frontistirion Argyroupolis, is located in Argyroupolis (Gümüşhane) in current day Turkey.  It was founded in 1723, 40 years after the Trapezunta Tuition Center formed, by Archbishop of Chaldea Ignatios Skrivas I. Its first name was the School of Greek Studies (Scholi Ellinikon Mathimaton) and operated from the home of the Kaloyeranton family. 

Kerasunta Tuition Center

The Kerasunta Greek Tuition Centre (also known as Frontistirion Kerasountas or Imigymnasio Kerasountas) is located in Giresun, Turkey and was built in 1905-08. The building was made up of 24 classrooms spread over 4 floors and comprised a 6-grade primary school and a 3-grade boarding school.

The Tsabouna (Tulum) Bagpipe

A bagpipe with only one pipe (e.g. the tsabouna (tulum) see Figure 1, played in Greece and Turkey) is rare, virtually all having at least two pipes.  Of these, one pipe is the ‘chanter’ with fingerholes for playing melodies, and any others are usually ‘drones’ sustaining single notes.

Kemenche monument unveiled

As part of its 5 day cultural festivities, the Education Association of Alonaki  (PONTOS) (Μορφωτικός Σύλλογος Αλωνακιών - ΠΟΝΤΟΣ) unveiled a giant monument of a Pontic lyra (kemenche). The monument is located near the chapel of the church Prophet Ilias in Kozani and was crafted by Nikos Vasiliadis. The Pontic lyra is the musical instrument and in many ways a symbol of the Pontic Greeks.

The Holy Virgin-Martyr Helen of Sinope

The Virgin-Martyr of Christ, St. Helen, was the daughter of the Bekiary family and lived in the eighteenth century in Sinope, the oldest city of Pontus. Her parents brought her up with Christian values and instilled in her a love for Jesus Christ.

September 14: Greek Genocide Remembrance Day

In 1998, the Greek Parliament assigned September 14 as the day of mourning for the genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor. On this day, Greeks throughout the world pay their respects to the Greeks of the former Ottoman Empire (today Turkey) who were victims of a state sponsored plan of eradication which lasted 9 years (1914-1923). This event is commonly referred to as the Greek Genocide.

Pontic Greek Swede starlett Elli Avram

Young actress Elli Avram is making big news in Bollywood. Having moved to India in 2012, the 24 year old has appeared in the Hindi film Mickey Virus and the Indian reality show Bigg Boss. Born in 1990 in Sweden, Elli Avram (Elizabeth Avramidis) was trained to act by her mother, Maria Granlund, a Swedish actress who appeared in Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winning film Fanny and Alexander.

Όλα τα θύματα αξίζουν αναγνώρηση

Το Pontosworld θα συνεχίσει την πορεία του προς την αναγνώρηση όλων των Ελλήνων της γενοκτονίας στην πρώην Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία το 1914-1923. Τα ποντιακά σωματεία ακόμα σήμερα ζητούν αναγνώρηση ΜΟΝΟ για τη θύματα στον Πόντο, κατι που είναι ανθελληνικό αφού ειναι αναγνωρισμένο ότι όλοι οι Έλληνες ήταν θύματα.

Directory of Ottoman Greek refugees

The following directories were published in Athens in 1928 by the Epitropi Apokatastaseos Prosfygon and contain a list of Greek refugees that were expelled from their homelands in the former Ottoman Empire (today's Tukey). The names are classed as 'rural' which means they either came from rural areas or were settled in rural areas in Greece.

Aneforitsa

Ανεφορίτσα εν τόνεμαν είνος χορού τη Πόντονος, ασην Γαλίαιναν τη Τραπεζούντας. Η ανεφορίτσαν εν αμόν τη σερανίτσαν άμα με μονό τικ (δύο τριαρόπα σον τόπον) και χορέυνατον σε κλειστόν κύκλον. Οι χορευτάδες πιάσκουνταν ασα παλάμες και λυγίζνε τ' αγκώνασατουν.

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