Ecumenical Patriarch’s Visit to Kemal Ataturk’s Home-Museum

 – October 2013

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew made a visit to the childhood home-museum of the historical leader of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, which is located within the Turkish Consulate complex.

Mr. Bartholomew, accompanied by prelates of the Patriarchate, was welcomed by Consul General of Turkey in Thessaloniki Tuğrul Biltekin, who then gave him a tour through the halls of the renovated museum, which hosts publications and snapshots from Kemal Ataturk’s life, as well as his wax figure.

“We are happy to visit the renovated house of the founder of the Turkish Republic Ataturk, in Thessaloniki. We wish that God rests his soul and we beg the Almighty that his reforms will live forever and his words “Peace at home, peace in the world” will become reality as time passes. With our blessings” wrote Mr. Bartholomew in the guestbook before leaving.