First new church in Turkey in more than 100 years


Southern Europe

Turkish President Erdogan (centre right) when he laid the foundation of the new church in Istanbul in 2019. Left of Erdogan, the Syriac (Assyrian) Orthodox Patriarch Yusuf Cetin. Right of Erdogan, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. This year, the church will be opened. Photo AFP, Ozan Kose

In a few months, there will be the first opening of a newly built church since the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.