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17117Historic Orthodox Church to be demolished, not restored

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Nov 10, 2012
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      Historic Orthodox Church to be demolished, not restored

      The decision to demolish a 232-year-old Orthodox Church in the Bodrum
      district of the western province of Muğla has surprised locals who had
      been expecting it to be restored, daily Radikal reported today.

      Locals had applied to restore the Saint Nicolas (Aya Nikolaya) church,
      however the Bodrum municipality decided to demolish it instead,
      according to a claim by Pamukkale University that declared the church
      building rotten.

      The decision was signed by Dursun Göktepe of the Republican People's
      Party (CHP), who was substituting for Mayor Mehmet Kocadon while the
      latter was in prison on allegations of corruption. However, Kocadon was
      against the demolition and has announced that he will launch an
      investigation into the decision.

      Since 1965, the Saint Nicolas Church had been used as a storage site,
      cinema, theater and boat shed.