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.

"Bartholomew called our President, thanked him for opening Sumela monastery after restoration work and expressed appreciation for their support of the President. Bartholomew also congratulated the Turkish people and the Islamic world with the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha", - is spoken in the message of Erdogan's administration.

As previously reported by the Church of Constantinople, the Patriarchal divine Liturgy on the day of the assumption on August 15 in the monastery of Panagia Sumela in this year will not take place because of the ban of the Turkish authorities in connection with the pandemic coronavirus.

Bartholomew, who considers himself the leader of all Orthodoxy in the world, is still not expressed its position in connection with the opening of a mosque in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Sumela - inactive Orthodox monastery of Orthodox Church of Constantinople, built at the end of IV - beginning of V century, is located in the province of Trabzon in North East Turkey. He is one of the oldest in the world and claims for inclusion in the world heritage list of UNESCO.