Syriac (Assyrian) Orthodox Patriarch Yusuf Cetin (L) presents a gift to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a ceremony marking the construction of the first church in Turkey's modern history. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey to Build First Church in Nearly a Century

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently attended a ceremony in Istanbul to mark the construction of the first new church in Turkey since the Republic’s creation in 1923. The church will serve the local Syriac Christian community.

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