Good Friday service to be held at Constantinople church after decades


After many decades, the Good Friday service of the Epitaphios and Lamentations will be held at the Holy Church of Panagia Paramythia Vlach Saray in Constantinople on Friday, May 3 at 2pm.

The historic event was announced by the Community of Panagia Paramythia, of the Phanar – Golden Horn District.

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The Church of Panagia Paramythia was destroyed by fire in 1974.

The Church of Panagia Paramythia, which was built around 1578, stands in Istanbul’s Phanar district. The church was damaged or destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1640 and 1729. It was finally destroyed by fire in 1974, and the iron bell tower, built in 1833, was pilfered for scrap metal. 

The church has been under restoration since 1 January 2024. The restoration works are being funded from the cultural heritage grant program of the U.S. Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation.




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