“Free Constantinople” T-shirt Giveaway

What awesome things I learned from your comments! What a fun contest!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MELANGELL! Please email your shipping info to Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com!

T-shirts can be purchased here with a 10% discount. Be sure to mention Adventures of an Orthodox Mom blog in your purchase order.


Some of you might know that DH and I have a side business where we import different Greek and Orthodox items from Greece and sell them to church bookstores or for church festivals on consignment. Check out our site here.

We’ve recently been adding some new products and one of my favorites is this FREE CONSTANTINOPLE T-shirt.

They come in sizes S, M, L and XL.

So I am giving one away here on Adventures of an Orthodox Mom!

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Contest ends on June 24! Good luck!


24 thoughts on ““Free Constantinople” T-shirt Giveaway

  1. Istanbul was Constantinople.Now its Istanbul, not Constantinople.Been a long time gone…Constantinople.How did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks. So take me back to Constantinople.No you can't go back to Constantinople.Been a long time gone, Constantinople…alanasheldahl @ gmail dot come

  2. Hmmm… The Mese (Greek: ἡ Μέση [Ὀδός], lit. "Middle [Street]") was the main thoroughfare of ancient Constantinople (today Istanbul, Turkey). The street was the main scene of Byzantine imperial processions. Its ancient course is largely followed by the modern Divanyolu Avenue.The Mese was 25 meters wide and lined with colonnated porticoes which housed shops. The Mese was the route followed by imperial processions through the city at least until Comnenian times. The most characteristic was the triumphal entry of a victorious emperor, who entered the city through the Golden Gate and followed the Mese to the Great Palace, while jubilant crowds lined along the street would greet him and the imperial army back home.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mese_(Constantinople)

  3. I lived in Constantinople/Istanbul for a year and one of my favorite places to go was Hagia Sophia. Photographic reproductions of the mosaic iconography in the upper galleries simply do not do them justice, they must be seen to be truly appreciated.And it's the only city in the world where you can have breakfast in Europe, lunch in Asia and dinner in Europe again.

  4. Alana – you took me back to my high school days with those They Might Be Giant lyrics. What a great album.Anyway – me! me! I Want the t-shirt 🙂

  5. Well let's see, I know the ecumenical Patriarch lives there and I know of it's wonderful history and it's sad current state.

  6. ooh, love the t-shirts! my dad has the free constantinople bumper sticker but I think he could use a t-shirt, too:)something about constantinople…constantinople fell on Tues. May 29, 1453. My dad was born on May 29. But that was considered "bad luck" so his birth certificate in Greece says May 30.

  7. The King's Flute (Palamas 1910)."King, I shall arise from my enmarbled sleep, And from my mustic tomb I shall come forth, To open wide the bricked-up Golden Gate; And, victor over the Calipphs and the Tsars, Hunting them beyond the Red Apple Tree, I shall seek rest upon my ancient bounds." Have a lovely day.

  8. From my 10 year old son: "I am studying Constantinople and St. Constantine for history right now. I would like to win this shirt and wear it to camp this summer. I love St. Constantine because his mother, St. Helen, is my sister's patron saint."

  9. Constantinople should be freed because of it's Christian history and especially because of the presence of Hagia Sophia, the most beautiful Church. It is interesting to study modern Istanbul's geography, I did so some years back (Google maps is a wonderful tool). It seems that all the sites (maybe not all, most) of Orthodox churches (if not the original buildings) have been used to site mosques. Rather as Christians have done to pagan sites when converting the local populace. I found many of the original sites by comparing an ancient map of the city and the location of Churches to the modern map and the location of mosques. Fascinating.

  10. Please count me in! Constantinople has always been a place I wanted to visit since I was a little girl. Hagia Sophia was the place I wanted to go. Now that our best friend lives there and is a deacon for the Patriarch, I got a chance to visit a year and a half ago. IT WAS AMAZING! I would recommend everyone to go and see the beautiful Orthodox sites. Unfortunately, it is sad there too because you see how discrimated the Christians are. Everyday I pray for them there. Now that our friend is there, everything is so much more personal. I would love to have this shirt. Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. I was lucky enough to visit Constantinople and meet His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeo in November of 2007. While there we had the opportunity to also visit Θεοτòκος Παναγιώτισσα also known as Παναγία Μουχλιώτισσα or Church of St. Mary of the Mongols. Such a special place! This was the ONLY Orthodox Church existing before the fall of the city that was not destroyed or converted into a Mosque. I could talk about this special place and the faithful we met there for hours!

  12. I visited Constantinople (aka Istanbul, Turkey, these days) in June 2007. The Turks clearly believe they are being quite fair making Hagia Sophia a public museum rather than making it into a mosque. But when I sang the Trisagion before some of the icons, a security guard told me to stop. The crossbars of the crosses that once graced some of the cathedral's huge doors were pried off by the Ottomans so they now more resemble upward pointing arrows.

  13. We also visited an Armenian church while in Constantinople (aka Istanbul, Turkey). It was well tended by a young Armenian caretaker who lived on the grounds with his wife, their two children and a large dog. But the church, though well maintained, is in disuse, as the caretaker and his small family are the only Armenians in the neighborhood. When we asked him where all the Armenians had gone, he told us we would have to ask the historians, as he was merely a handyman and could not answer such a question.

  14. Güllüoglü, a company that makes some of the best Turkish Delight, is located in the capital of Turkey, which was formerly called Constantinople. Güllüoglü's most coveted Turkish Delight — or Lokoum (Lokum) — is its Turkish Delight with double pistachios.Turkish Delight is that sugar and cornstarch confection for which Edmund Pevensie sold his soul in C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."I grew up eating Turkish Delight as a child in the U.S. South. Perhaps the Greeks brought it there; I'm not sure.My husband, a native of California, had never heard of the treat until seeing the film based on Lewis's book.We both got to partake of double pistashio Lokoum and other varieties while visiting the Güllüoglü factory in Turkey.I don't think Güllüoglü Lokoum is sold in the United States, but if you want some of the tempting sweet, you can buy it from the Turk-owned Bayco Confectionery, which was founded here in 1984, or from Liberty Orchards, which was founded in Washington state, in 1918, by two Armenian brothers.Both companies sell their confections online.Bayco Confectionery claims to be the "only manufacturer of authentic Turkish delight in North America."Having tried both Liberty Orchard and Bayco Turkish Delight, I think that's a bit of hokum Lokum.

  15. Oh! And on the eve of celebrating the birth of John the Baptist and Forerunner, the top of the skull of St. John, his left forearm and his left hand are in the Topakapi Palace in Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey).

  16. Beautiful blog you have! I especially love your Troy section. He is a super star at the Orthodox school my children attend here in Pittsburgh.We are Serbian Orthodox, but would love to give this shirt to my wonderful Greek Theo. Many blessings to you. Keep up the wonderful work you do.

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