Turkish President Abdullah Gul may attend the opening ceremony of Vordvots Vorotman Armenian church in Istanbul. The renovation works at the church are nearly completed.
The restoration of the church, built by Polish architect of Armenian descent, Grigor Amira Palyan in the 19th century, started within the framework of “Istanbul 2010-European Capital of Culture” project with the support of the state. The Turkish government covered 70% of expenses of renovation works, whereas 30% was provided by Fund of the Armenian Church in Kumkapi.
Architect Gevorg Karagyozyan told Armenia News-NEWS.am correspondent that for the first time in history Turkey funded reparation of the Armenian church. “The church has not been operating for 100 years. It will be restored without any architectural changes,” he said.
Karagyozyan said U.S. $ 1,5 m was allocated to repair the church.
The rumors have it that Turkish President Abdullah Gul will attend the opening ceremony of Vordvots Vorotman church. The workers said many Turkish officials have visited the church to get acquainted with the renovation works.