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Bulgarian Model of Famous Iron Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=101644 Bulgarian Culture Minister Inaugurates Miniature Model of Famous Iron Church 2 March 2009, Monday The Bulgarian
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      Bulgarian Culture Minister Inaugurates Miniature Model of Famous Iron Church
      2 March 2009, Monday

      The Bulgarian Culture Minister, Stephan Danailov, inaugurated Monday
      a miniature model of the famous "Saint Stephan" Church in Istanbul,
      the Culture Ministry's press center informed.

      The miniature model is on display at the Community House of Sofia's
      "Krasno Selo" district.

      The model is part of the exhibit "Bulgaira na Dlan" (Bulgaria on the
      Palm of a Hand), http://www.bulgarianadlan.com/, representing
      well-known sites related to Bulgarian history, located both in the
      country and abroad.

      The funds for the miniature model of the famous "Saint Stephan"
      Church have been provided by the United Bulgarian Bank, which is the
      project's primary sponsor. The "Bulgaria na Dlan" project is the
      latest project born from the collaboration between UBB and the
      Bulgarian Culture Ministry. In 2008, UBB participated in the creation
      of a miniature model of the "Rila Monastery" currently on display at
      the "Mini Europe" park in Brussels.

      The exhibit is dedicated to March 3, Bulgaria's National Holiday.

      At the exhibit's inauguration, the Culture Minister, Stephan
      Danailov, expressed his hope that the exhibit was going to soon find
      a better home with a larger display area, adding that the new Sofia
      airport terminal could be used for the above purpose.

      The Bulgarian "Saint Stephen" Church, also known as the Bulgarian
      Iron Church, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Istanbul, Turkey,
      famous for being made of cast iron. The Church was inaugurated in
      1898 by Exarch Joseph and marks the beginning of the Bulgarian exarchate.

      In the last few years, the Bulgarian State and the Istanbul City Hall
      have made significant efforts to raise funds for the church's
      renovation and maintenance, but those funds are still insufficient.
      The 110th anniversary of the iron church was celebrated at the end of 2008.
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