Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople Hung by Sultan Mahmud II on Easter Sunday Hot

Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople Hung by Sultan Mahmud II on Easter Sunday

Execution of Patriarch Gregory V
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Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is blamed by Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II for not suppressing the recent Greek uprising and, on this Easter Sunday, is hanged from the main gate of the Patriarchate compound.

He's still wearing his vestments, having just conducted the Easter liturgy, and his body is left hanging for three days before it is thrown into the Bosphorus River.

Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople had actually condemned the recent violence, but his words are far too little to contain the anger of the Greeks — anger that is now bursting forth throughout Greek territory into the Greek War of Independence. It will take until 1832, but the Greeks will achieve independence from the Ottoman Empire.

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