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18251Istanbul's Hagia Elia Church To Reopen Next Month

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jul 24, 2013

      ANKARA: Istanbul's Hagia Elia Church To Reopen Next Month

      From: Katia Peltekian <kpeltekian@...>
      Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:50:28 +0000 (UTC)


      Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
      July 24 2013

      ISTANBUL- Hurriyet Daily News

      The Hagia Elia Church needs renovation that would cost around 100,000
      Turkish Liras, according to the deputy head of the PAE Fukaraperver
      Association. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GUREL

      Vercihan Ziflioglu Vercihan Zifliogluvercihan.ziflioglu@...

      The Hagia Elia Church, which belongs to Turkey's White Russians,
      is set to be reopened Aug. 2, with a ceremony led by Fener Greek
      Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.

      A mass in the Hagia Elia Church located in Istanbul's Karaköy
      neighborhood will be held for the first time since 1972 and will be
      conducted by the Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew, who will also
      bless the church beforehand.

      The church, which belongs to the Russian emigre's who had fled from
      the Bolshevik regime in 1921, is situated on the roof of a structure
      where monks used to reside, a style of architecture rarely seen
      in Anatolia.

      While around 100,000 White Russians reside in Turkey, according to
      the PAE Fukaraperver Association, they own three churches and a monk's
      house, which is currently used as a commercial building in Istanbul.

      The properties belong to the Russian Monastery at the Ayanaroz
      Monastery Complex in Greece and the Fener Greek Patriarchate is in
      charge of the churches. Kazmir Pamir, the deputy head of the White
      Russians' PAE Fukaraperver Association, told the Hurriyet Daily News
      that there had been improvements to the uncertain situation of the
      church and the existence of Turkey's White Russians after an item
      about the church was published in the Daily News. Appealing to all the
      Russians living in Turkey, Pamir said the more Russians attended the
      ceremony, the stronger a message it would send to stop the demolition
      resolution on the church.

      The Hagia Elia Church faces the risk of being demolished, if the
      demolition resolution, which is being suspended currently, were to
      be implemented. The demolition resolution was taken as part of the
      privatization of the Istanbul Salıpazarı Port, also known as the
      Galataport project, which is owned by Turkey's Maritime Organization.

      Pamir said that the church needed renovation, which would cost 100,000
      Turkish Liras.