Cultural assets stolen from historical churches in Gökçeada will be preserved where they belong. Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy will present the icons stolen in Gökçeada in 2007 to Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.
A ceremony will be held at Çanakkale Troy Museum for 12 works that will be delivered as an indicator of Turkey's understanding of protectionism against cultural assets, regardless of language, religion and race.
The delivery ceremony, attended by the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, will be held on August 10 at 15.00.
Artifacts Preserved with Sensitivity
Cultural assets, which were detected to have been stolen from religious sites, including the Panayiya Kimisis Church, were seized in an operation carried out by the Eceabat District Gendarmerie Command in 2007.
The investigation into the incident was carried out by the Gökçeada Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and the seized cultural assets were delivered to Çanakkale Archeology Museum as trustee.
In the work initiated by the museum in the yed-i sure warehouse under the coordination of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, among them Hz. The judicial process regarding the religious cultural assets with depictions of Jesus and the Saints was meticulously followed by the Çanakkale Archeology Museum and Çanakkale Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism.
The artifacts seized in the case at the Gökçeada Criminal Court of First Instance regarding the theft that took place in the historical churches in the Zeytinli, Eski Bademli and Dereköy neighborhoods of Gökçeada were preserved in the Çanakkale Archaeological Museum.