Istanbul's Hagia Elia Church To Reopen Next Month
ANKARA: Istanbul's Hagia Elia Church To Reopen Next Month
From: Katia Peltekian <kpeltekian@...>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:50:28 +0000 (UTC)
ISTANBUL'S HAGIA ELIA CHURCH TO REOPEN NEXT MONTH
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 KarakÃ¶y
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
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 SalÄ±pazarÄ± 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