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The ROC is glad for the resumption of services at the monastery of Panagia Sumela in Turkey

In the Russian Orthodox Church will rejoice over the resumption of worship after the restoration of the Orthodox monastery of Sumela in Turkey, although to bless the faithful pilgrimage to the ancient abode will be possible only after the restoration of Eucharistic communion with Constantinople, said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country protects the cultural heritage of Christianity, citing as example the restoration of one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon province in northeast Turkey. Patriarch Bartholomew thanked on the phone to Erdogan for the restoration of the monastery, which was due to open after restoration.

Patriarch Bartholomew has canceled service at the monastery Sumela from COVID

Patriarchal divine Liturgy on the day of the assumption on August 15 in the monastery of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon - one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries - this year will not take place because of the ban of the Turkish authorities in connection with the pandemic, said the Church of Constantinople.

The monastery is inactive. In 2010, the first in decades in this service was conducted in the assumption of the virgin - one of the great feasts of Orthodoxy. Liturgy conducted by the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. As reported, the ROC, the first since 1922, the Liturgy in the monastery Panagia Sumela became possible as a result of agreements entered into by the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate with the Ministry of culture and tourism of the Turkish Republic and the leadership of the Trabzon province. The last five years, worship services are not held there.

Bartholomew thanked Erdogan for restoration of the monastery of Panagia Sumela

Patriarch Bartholomew thanked on the phone with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for restoration of Orthodox monastery of Sumela, said the administration of the Turkish leader.

On the eve of Erdogan said that his country protects the cultural heritage of Christianity, citing as example the restoration of one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon province in northeast Turkey.

In Turkey archaeologists have discovered a 1,700-year-old statue

In the ancient city of Perga (now Antalya province, Turkey) archaeologists have discovered a 1,700-year-old statue of woman, Hellenistic period, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

According to the publication, this finding is consisting of two parts: a torso and a broken head, was the first sculpture in 2020, was found in Perge. The excavation is headed by Sedef Kokay Kepke, Professor of archaeology at Istanbul University.

Turkey defends the Christian cultural heritage, Erdogan said

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country protects the cultural heritage of Christianity, citing as example the restoration of one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon province.

"In Turkey there are many major cultural sites of world significance. The Sumela monastery is one of the symbols of our country. Here the traces of many civilizations. For years, we are working to maintain the monastery. We never sought to destroy these objects, on the contrary, tried to save them," - said Erdogan, speaking at a ceremony marking the completion of the second phase of the restoration of the monastery of Panagia Sumela. It has been broadcast on Twitter by the Turkish leader.

Agia Sofia will always be on duty 500 police officers

Five hundred law enforcement officers will always carry the service in Ayia Sofia, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. The first prayer was done at the Aya Sofia on July 24.

In the Moscow Patriarchate explained the position of the ROC on the status of Hagia Sophia

The position of the Russian Orthodox Church over the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is not political and ideological, it is not a continuation of Russian policy, said Monday the Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision.

In the ROC hope on the common position of Orthodox churches in Hagia Sophia

Local churches must speak with one voice on the issue of changing the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which turned from a Museum into a mosque, said the employee of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, deacon Feodor Shulga at the press conference of the project "Religion and ideology" in MIA "Russia today".

Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 year. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Christian Church in the world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. In mid-July, the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934, the mosque started again services. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox and many Orthodox churches around the world with regret about this decision. Russian authorities announced the decision at the Hagia Sophia a domestic affair of Turkey.

Turkey has condemned the reaction of Greece on prayer in the Hagia Sophia

The official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkey Hami Aksoy condemned the reaction of the Greek authorities on the first namaz in a mosque of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the rally in Thessaloniki, which participants burned a Turkish flag.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not a manifestation of strength and proof of the weakness of Turkey. According to him, Turkey violates the peace, "challenging the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus and insulting the culture of the XXI century through such actions."

The survey showed how Turkish citizens responded to prayer in the Aya Sofia

Opinions polled by RIA Novosti of Turkish citizens on their attitude to change the status of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia) in Istanbul and complete it on Friday, the first since 1934, the prayer is divided. Some of them will see this event return to the traditions of the Ottoman Empire in the days of her power, the other - another attack on secular principles established by the founder of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

In the first after a long break prayer in the Aya Sofia was attended by President Recep Tayyip erdoğan, who said Sura of the Koran al-Fatiha before the service. All, according to him, the prayer was attended by about 350 thousand Muslims.

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