Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The foundation of the first Syriac Church in the history of the Republic was laid in Istanbul. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ministers, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, Syriac Metropolitan Bishop Mor Filüksinos Yusuf Cetin and Istanbul Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomeos attended the foundation ceremony.
Syriac Metropolitan Bishop Mor Filüksinos Yusuf Cetin expressed his happiness for laying the foundation of the church they had been waiting for so long. Yusuf Cetin, who also gave information about Mor Efrem, added that Mor Efrem is the greatest architect of Syriac history and is among the leading religious scholars of the church.
It is estimated that at least 15,000 Syriac Christians live in Istanbul.