Iconic Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul opens after three years of restorations; Hurriyet

Turkey – Historic Areas of Istanbul

The historic Orthodox Church of St. George, a UNESCO world heritage site, has been opened with a ceremony after undergoing a three-year restoration, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Since the 15th century, it has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the senior patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church and recognised as the spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians.

The church was opened with a rite directed by the Fener Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the Directorate General of Foundations head Adnan Ertem attended the ceremony that was held afterwards on November 19.

Speaking at the event, Bartholomew thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish government and the Directorate General of Foundations for their initiatives in renovating the church.

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