Patriarch Seeks Sponsor to Restore Istanbul Building, Aksam Says

By Benjamin Harve 4/7/2012 The Istanbul-based patriarch of the Greek Orthodox church is seeking a sponsor to fund restoration of an abandoned orphanage after Greece’s economic crisis precluded support from the Greek government, Aksam reported. The 19th-century building on the island of Buyukada outside Istanbul is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world and the patriarchate ...

Greek Church Needs $50 Million for Restoration, Star Says

2/11/2010 The restoration of an abandoned orphanage reclaimed this week by the Greek Orthodox church from Turkey will cost around $50 million, Star newspaper reported. The restoration of the former orphanage on the Island of Buyukada near Istanbul will require that planks from the building, one of the largest wooden structures in Europe, be removed and restored ...