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The decision to demolish a 232-year-old Orthodox Church in the Bodrum district of the western province of Muğla has surprised locals who had been expecting it to be restored, daily Radikal reported today.

Locals had applied to restore the Saint Nicolas (Aya Nikolaya) church, however the Bodrum municipality decided to demolish it instead, according to a claim by Pamukkale University that declared the church building rotten.

The decision was signed by Dursun Göktepe of the Republican People's Party (CHP), who was substituting for Mayor Mehmet Kocadon while the latter was in prison on allegations of corruption. However, Kocadon was against the demolition and has announced that he will launch an investigation into the decision.

Since 1965, the Saint Nicolas Church had been used as a storage site, cinema, theater and boat shed.

November/08/2012

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Brian Irlanda

11/12/2012 11:39:30 AM

@V Tiger. The building is actually not in Istanbul, it is in Bodrum which is is in the south west of the country. Maybe the building cannot be restored, this happens. Trying to restore a badly damaged building can be extremely dangerous. It is strange that a CHP official decided on demolition and I don't imagine he would do this if it wasn't necessary..but maybe I am being naive.

Peter Lambson

11/10/2012 3:11:49 AM

Just another attempt to wipe out the millenia-old presence of Greek culture from "modern" Turkey...

V Tiger

11/8/2012 7:56:35 PM

If demolished then part of beautiful Istanbul's history is demolished forever.

Diren Sesel

11/8/2012 5:41:01 PM

Locals should protest to prevent the action.

Basil Keilani

11/8/2012 4:10:49 PM

The people of the city want it restored, but maybe someone out of greed and business concerns wants the building destroyed, so it can be replaced with something of their liking. This is very corrupt.

Vangelis Denaxas

11/8/2012 3:26:51 PM

It's a pity

Cliff Billings

11/8/2012 3:23:53 PM

I hope they do not demolition this beautiful old church. Turkey as such wonderful old sites and they could really increase tourism and create employment for its people by fixing up historical site over the whole country.
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