Syriac Orthodox church inaugurated in Istanbul

Syriac Orthodox church inaugurated in Istanbul
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Mor Efrem Syriac Ancient Orthodox is the first and only church that has been built in Turkey in the past 100 years.

A Syriac Orthodox church, which is the first and only church that has been built in Turkey throughout the Turkish Republic's entire history, was inaugurated on Sunday with a ceremony that was attended by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The construction of Mor Efrem Syriac Ancient Orthodox Church in Istanbul's Yesilkoy neighborhood was started in 2019, and concluded early this year. The opening of the church was postponed in March due to the devastating twin earthquakes that struck the country's south and southeast on 6 February.

Mor Efrem Syriac Ancient Orthodox Church will be the second church to serve the Assyrian community in Istanbul, estimated at around 17,000, according to Sait Susin, the President of the Istanbul Syriac Ancient Foundation.

A church built in Istanbul's Tarlabasi neighborhood in 1844 is not enough to meet the needs of the community, Susin earlier commented.

Community members had to pray in six different churches affiliated with fellow congregations and problems arose due to differences in rituals and time, Susin had said.