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Last time I was in Cesme, about 4 years ago, we visited a church that was on the main street, where all the shops are. It was extremely old, and looked like someone was trying to restore it. There were ladies with their handmade goods displayed, selling them, and art work was displayed. The church looked like it would be beautiful if the restoration was completed. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Has anything more been done to the church?

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Yes, the renovation has been completed and the church is again used for exhibitions of arts and crafts. They have done a good job.

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I submitted this post almost three years ago but in view of renewed interest in the Çeşme’s Greek Church dedicated to St. Haralambos, following its restoration, thought it was worth repeating:

According to the Rt. Revd. Father Michael D Jordan, St. Haralambos is one of the most beloved Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. In English, the translation for the name Haralambos used by most Orthodox Christians is "Harry". Haralambos lived in the 2nd century and became a Priest at a very early age and served his community with great zeal.

What has prompted the Orthodox Christians throughout the world to display such love and affection for St. Haralambos? Why has he been so very close to the hearts of all of us for over 1700 years

Perhaps it is because of the fact that no other Priest in the history of Christianity suffered so much in one lifetime for his religious convictions.

In the city of Magnesia, the governor of the province, Loukianos, inflicted great pain upon St. Haralambos because he refused to worship the idols of the Empire. The saintly Priest was first tied to a post in the public square and ridiculed by the pagans. Soldiers of the governor slashed his body with heavy cutting irons. In spite of the terrible agony he refused to deny Christ and accept their pagan gods.

After being tortured, Haralambos
was dragged by his beard through the streets of Magnesia by soldiers on horseback. Many additional forms of torture were used to force him to give up his faith, yet he would not. During the ensuing months, St. Haralambos miraculously survived all forms of torture. Eventually people called him "the man they cannot kill".

Quite a guy was Harry.

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