First mass in 93 years held in İzmir’s historic Greek Church

The Agios Konstantinos Greek Church in the western province of İzmir has reopened following renovations and held a mass for first time in 93 years, with the participation of the Fener Greek Patriarchate.

The historic church, dating back to the 19th century, located on Mermerli Street in the Menemen district in İzmir, was renovated by the Menemen municipality.

Fener Greek Patriarchate Bartholomew and Menemen Mayor Tahir Şahin reopened the church with a ceremony where they threw white doves and planted an olive tree in the garden as symbols of peace.

Bartholomew, who performed the first mass in the historic church since 1922, thanked the municipality and Menemen locals for the renovation of the church. Şahin welcomed him at the garden of the church with flowers ahead of the mass. Bartholomew said the Agios Konstantinos Church will add to the already rich culture of İzmir…

The name ‘İzmir’ is derived from the ancient Greek name of the city: Smyrna.