Question on Future of Panagia Sumela Orthodox Monastery
Council of Europe Raises Question on Future of Panagia Sumela
Orthodox Monastery, Pontus
Posted on 31 January 2011 by Apostolos Papapostolou
The issue of intellectual, Byzantine heritage and the future of the
Orthodox Panagia Sumela Monastery in historical Pontus, was raised
during the last session of the Council of the Europe Parliamentary
Assembly. The meeting was led by Ivan Savvidi, member of the Russian
delegation and the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Mr. Savvidi thanked the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul for the
Divine Liturgy held at the historical Panagia Sumela Monastery in
Trabzon. It was held for the first time in eighty-eight years on
August 15, 2010. He raised the issue of the possibility of
subsequent use for religious reasons, important Byzantine churches
and monasteries, while reminding the audience of the sad fate of the
Halki Theological Seminary.
Abdullah Gul promised the Russian MP to examine the issue of
collaboration in the field of cultural and religious dialogue, as
mentioned in Ivan Savvidi's announcement.