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Sole Greek Orthodox Church Fire Survivor in Izmir is Restored

Only one Greek Orthodox church survived a fire in the Aegean province of İzmir in 1922.  On Sunday officals announced that it has been restored.
The İzmir Metropolitan Municipality released a statement saying that the restoration of the historical Ayavukla Church, which was launched in 2008 was nearly completed.
“The church will be used as a social and cultural center after the renovation,” the statement said.
The Jesus Christ figure which had been painted over as well as frescoes depicting St. John and angels Michael and Gabriel have now been restored.
The Ayavukla Church is in the Basmane neighborhood and was constructed by the Greek Orthodox community in the second half of the 19th century.
The building served as a museum on orders from Ataturk in 1924. It was later used as an opera rehearsal hall.

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