Spanish newspaper: 300 thousand tourists visit the Iron Church in Turkey
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Turkey attracted more than 300,000 tourists, half of whom have Bulgarian citizenship, most of whom visited the Sveti Stefan Orthodox Church in Istanbul, popularly known as the Iron Church, which reopened two years ago after extensive seven-year restoration work.
The Iron Church, which was built 122 years ago and is located in the Balat neighborhood in Istanbul, reopened at a ceremony on January 7, 2018, attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. It is worth noting that the church, which is considered the only church in the world that was built almost entirely of iron, has been restored with funding from Turkey and Bulgaria.
According to the Bulgarian Exarch Center based in Istanbul and responsible for monitoring this landmark, about half of the visits to the church are Bulgarian tourists. In the words of Millet Vasil Liazy, head of the foundation, “the Bulgarian tourists who visited Turkey last year did not return to their country without visiting the Iron Church.”
The success of the building during these two years contributed to the revival of many concerts and artistic events, and in the words of Hristo Copano, another president of the Bulgarian Foundation in Istanbul, “Since the reopening of the Iron Church, eight concerts and six exhibitions of painting, photography and sculpture took place in the hallway Downstairs “, adding that these offers will remain valid until the year 2020.
The consul general of Bulgaria in Istanbul Angel Angelov stated that “the tourists coming from all over the world are mainly immigrants from Bulgaria, and the Iron Church is not only a place that attracts Bulgarians but also hosts tourists from Istanbul, Turkey and the world.”
“The tourists always represent their countries in a good way,” Angelov said, stressing that the increasing number of Bulgarian tourists visiting Turkey helps to promote cooperation projects between the two countries.
To this day, the Iron Church in Istanbul remains an Orthodox church in which religious ceremonies are held regularly.