“It is the first since the creation of the republic,” a government source told AFP Saturday.
“Churches have been restored and reopened to the public, but no new church has been built until now,” he added.
Turkey, which once had large Christian minorities, is now 99 percent Muslim, and critics of the ruling party AKP have accused it of trying to Islamicize its officially secular society.
However, as part of its bid to join the European Union Amlara has made efforts to widen minority rights and return some seized property and restore churches, monasteries and synagogues.
Note – U.S. Commission Objects to Converting Hagia Sophia Back Into Mosque Again
They stole the Hagia Sophia to begin with…