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10/29/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – A team of experts gathered on Büyükada, one of the nine Princes’ Islands off the coast of Istanbul to assess the damage of the Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage. The experts include engineers, city planners, art historians, and topographers from around the world. The orphanage is the largest wooden building in Europe and faces potential ruin.

The building was gifted to the Patriarchate in 1903 to be used as an orphanage. The building was later confiscated by the Turkish government in 1964 as part of the forced expulsion of Turkish citizens of Greek Orthodox identity. In 2010, the ECHR ruled that the Patriarchate owned the building, leaving the Christian community with its rightful possession but now in financial hardship over the neglected building.

The team of experts examined the orphanage’s state and decided to adopt an emergency action plan to save the building from collapse. Project coordinator Laki Vingas, technical coordinator Apostol Poridis, project consultant Oğuz Ceylan and Istanbul Municipality’s BİMTAŞ team informed the participants of the current status.

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