Apr 30 2018

Turkish town has first Orthodox service in 96 years 

A northwestern Turkish town hosted its first Orthodox service in 96 years in a special religious ceremony where Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, was in attendance, the Greek Reporter news web site said.

The service was held in a former Orthodox Church in the town of Mudanya, which was predominantly Greek before a population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923 following a war between the two countries. 

Previously known as St. George’s Church, the structure is now used as a local cultural centre, the site said.

Some of the most important locations for Eastern Orthodox Christians lie in Turkey, which is home to 160,000 Christians, including the seat of the ecumenical patriarchate.