Ecumenical Patriarch to carry out historic visit to Izmir

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is to carry out a historic visit to the city of Izmir between Friday and Sunday, during which he will lead a mass at the Church of the Entrance into the Temple of the Virgin Mother in Alacati on Saturday.
This will mark the first time that a Patriarch leads a mass in Alacati in 90 years, since the disastrous outcome of the Asia Minor war in 1922 that resulted in the expulsion of the majority of the area's sizeable Greek community during the population exchanges of the Lausanne Treaty.

The church had been converted to a mosque but recently stopped being used for that purpose and was officially declared a historic monument of Turkey and quickly restored, revealing many secrets.

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