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The Patriarchal Theological Seminary of Halki is located on the Turkish island known as Heyelbiada in the Bosporus straits. It was closed in 1971 by the Turkish government and is the subject of much controversy since it is the only seminary in Turkey and the position of Ecumenical Patriarch can only be filled by a Turkish citizen. Sign the petition to reopen it at www.greece.org

Halki Seminary cemetery

Halki Seminary cemetery

Resting place of a number of Patriarchs of Constantinople


The front of the Seminary building

The front of the Seminary building


Seminarians chanting at Evening Vespers

Seminarians chanting at Evening Vespers


The Main Building

The Main Building


The Library

The Library

My Father is on the right


Metropolitan of Philadelphia Aimilianos with students

Metropolitan of Philadelphia Aimilianos with students

Date Unknown


Seminarians and Professors on a school outing

Seminarians and Professors on a school outing

Circa 1944


My father, Nicholas, as a student at Halki

My father, Nicholas, as a student at Halki

Wearing the school uniform imposed by the Turkish government. Circa 1942. Dad was one of two young men chosen by the Archbishop of Autocepalous Church of Albania, His Eminence Christoforou, to study there. He arrived in 1937 when the school was directed by Metropolitan Aimilianos and graduated in 1946. He did not seek ordination after graduation, preferring instead to teach at the school, which the Turkish government eventually prohibited and to work for the Patriarchate in an administrative capacity.

My father had fond memories of his experiences at the school where he made lifelong friendships. He always claimed that the island was one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen. He died in 2007 at the age of 92.


Patriarch Athenogoras visiting the School

Patriarch Athenogoras visiting the School


Halki Seminary

Halki Seminary

Perched upon the Hill of Hope.


The Halki Seminary

The Halki Seminary

Entrance to the main building


Heybeliada Island

Heybeliada Island

The Hill of Hope where the Seminary is located overlooking the island.


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