The work on the first-ever church to be built in the modern Republic of Turkey will start next month.
Fides News Agency pointed out that the new church will be constructed in the Yesilkoy district of Bakirkoy and will have space for more than 700 believers.
It was suggested that the increase of the Syriac Christian minority in Turkey due to the Syrian civil war is one of the main reasons for Turkey agreeing to build a new church. Turkish authorities had formerly set up a refugee camp reserved for Syriac Christians hosting up to 4,000 people.
However, the Christians have had strong religious freedom concerns during the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Past in 2016, the government seized the last six remaining Christian churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir, declaring them state property