Iron Church in Istanbul shining as soon as extra: Bulgarian PM

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov (L) thanked the church’s restoration staff led by Fikriye Bulunmaz (R) in addition to Turkish authorities who had contributed to the restoration of nineteenth century basilica.

SOFIA:  Bulgaria’s prime minister met on Tuesday with a Turkish architect who restored the Bulgarian St. Stephen Orthodox Church in Istanbul, saying that the construction shines as soon as extra, in accordance with the nation’s cupboard press service.

Boyko Borissov thanked the church’s restoration staff led by Fikriye Bulunmaz in addition to Turkish authorities who had contributed to the restoration of the nineteenth century basilica.

“The St. Stephen Iron Church glistens like a jewel. I’m completely happy that at present it’s a functioning Orthodox church the place festive liturgies are often held,” mentioned Borissov.

Also referred to as the Church of Sveti Stefan, the construction is famous to be the world’s solely surviving church made utterly of iron and assembled in two years. It was opened in 1898 in Balat, the previous Jewish neighborhood on the European facet of town.

“We endeavored to protect each characteristic of the St. Stephen Church within the new development,” Bulunmaz mentioned, including that since its opening a yr in the past, the Church has turn into one in all Istanbul’s main vacationer sights.

The Sveti Stefan Church in Balat was reopened after seven years of restoration with a ceremony which was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Jan. 7, 2018.

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