Historic Orthodox Church to be demolished, not restored

ISTANBUL – 9/11/2012 The decision to demolish a 232-year-old  Orthodox  Church in the Bodrum district of the western province of Muğla has surprised locals who had been expecting it to be restored, daily Radikal reported today. Locals had applied to restore the Saint Nicolas (Aya Nikolaya) church, however the Bodrum municipality decided to demolish it instead, according to a claim by Pamukkale University that declared the church building rotten. The decision was signed by Dursun Göktepe of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), who was substituting for Mayor Mehmet Kocadon while the latter was in prison on allegations of corruption.

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Historic Orthodox Church to be demolished, not restored