Patriarch Seeks Sponsor to Restore Istanbul Building, Aksam Says
The Istanbul-based patriarch of the Greek Orthodox church is seeking a sponsor to fund restoration of an abandoned orphanage after Greece’s economic crisis precluded support from the Greek government, Aksam reported.
The 19th-century building on the island of Buyukada outside Istanbul is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world and the patriarchate has been planning to convert it into a religious studies and interfaith dialogue center, according to the newspaper. The cost would be about $50 million, it said.
The economic crisis in Greece has precluded support from the country’s government and officials from the patriarchate confirmed to Aksam that they were in search of sponsors, the newspaper said.
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