Saturday, December 25, 2010

Constantinople's 'Iron Church' to be Restored

The former seat of the Bulgarian Orthodox exarchs in Constantinople, the 'Iron Church' of St. Stephen, is to be repaired with substantial assistance from the Turkish government. The church served as the first cathedra of the Bulgarian Orthodox first hierarchs when the Church of Bulgaria regained her autocephaly from the Greek-controlled Ecumenical Patriarchate, which had used its influence at the Ottoman court to have it suppressed (as they also had the independent Churches of Ohrid and Serbia abolished). More here.

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