The Byzantine Legacy

by  Historian David Hendrix,    

Founder of the Byzantine Legacy website   

on Saturday, March 05, 2022



1 pm New York (EST),    

6 pm London, UK (GMT),    

8 pm Sofia, Bulgaria (EET)


The event will last approximately 90 mins including Q&A.   

To register your interest and receive a Zoom link, please RSVP to [email protected]

(Please do check your spam/junk inbox if you do not receive a confirmation email within a day.)     


The Byzantine Legacy project was created with the aim of providing accessible information on the Byzantine monuments of Istanbul. It consists of a website, social media, and a photo archive.

In the beginning of the project in 2015-2016, most of the Byzantine monuments in Istanbul did not have information boards. Many other aspects of Byzantine heritage, such as numerous Greek and Latin inscriptions, were also not accessible to the public. The Byzantine Legacy project includes a website with individual web pages on the monuments of Istanbul, including its land and sea walls, individual churches, palace ruins, and many cisterns. Each page has texts summaries on individual monuments, primary sources, translations, recent photos, historic images, plans, and pictures of artifacts from the site. There are also numerous maps based on categories, such as the Byzantine churches of Istanbul, sites in the hinterland of Constantinople, sites in Bithynia, and so forth. While the project currently focuses on Istanbul, there are many other cities, sites, and monuments on the website as well, though much more work is needed to develop these aspects of the project.

In addition to the website, there is also an extensive photo archive on Flickr, which is constantly increasing in number. The Byzantine Legacy project also includes a social media dimension, with regular posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The largest number of followers is on Twitter, now almost 70k followers. Future developments will require funding, an academic board, collaboration with scholars and organizations, and other organizational developments.