Turkey first church in close to a 100 years undergoes construction this February
In 2015, SelahAfrik brought the news that Muslim dominated country Turkey was planning the construction of the first church in the country in more than 90 years. This February will mark the commencement of the building.
Endorsed by the mayor of Istanbul’s Bakirköy municipality, Bülent Kerimoğlu, the church construction is expected to kick off in February and it has been noted that when completed, the church will serve Syriac Orthodox believers, which number close to 17,000, living in Istanbul.
Yusuf Cetin, the Syriac Orthodox Church’s metropolitan for Istanbul and the capital Ankara, hailed the move, saying that “different religions, ethnic roots … everyone’s hearts beat for our Turkey, We’re proud of living under the Turkish flag in this land.”
Plans for the new church were first revealed in 2015, when Agence France Presse noted that the church would be the first one built since the end of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the modern republic in 1923.
While older churches have been restored and reopened to the public, the planned church will be the first new one in the territory in nearly 100 years.
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