Bishop Haralambos of Magnesia (d. 202)

Haralambos was the bishop of Magnesia on the Meander during an outbreak of Christian persecution under the reign of emperor Septimius Severus (193-211). Although he was 113 years of age, Haralambos did not hide. He was arrested and brought to trial in Pisidian Antioch (modern Yalvaç) around 202, but he confessed his faith in Christ and refused to offer sacrifices to pagan gods. Haralambos was tortured and as the soldiers were skinning him alive, he said to them, “Thank you, my brethren, for in scraping off my old body you renew my spirit for a new eternal life.” He raised his hands to heaven and prayed, “O Lord, You know that men are flesh and blood; forgive them their sins and pour out your grace on them all!” After praying, he lowered his head and was beheaded.

The Church of Saint Haralambos Çeşme, Izmir Province

Dedicated to Magnesia’s bishop Haralambos, the Church of Saint Haralambos was built in 1832 and is located in the beautiful seaside town of Çeşme, around fifty miles (85 km) west of the city of Izmir. The church stands in the shopping district, near the Aegean bay and Çeşme Castle. It was restored in 2012 and is open to the public.