Bulgarian Culture Minister Inaugurates Miniature Model of Famous Iron Church
The Bulgarian Culture Minister, Stephan Danailov, inaugurated Monday a miniature model of the famous "Saint Stephan" Church in Istanbul, the Culture Ministry's press center informed.
The miniature model is on display at the Community House of Sofia's "Krasno Selo" district.
The model is part of the exhibit "Bulgaira na Dlan" (Bulgaria on the Palm of a Hand), http://www.bulgarianadlan.com/, representing well-known sites related to Bulgarian history, located both in the country and abroad.
The funds for the miniature model of the famous "Saint Stephan" Church have been provided by the United Bulgarian Bank, which is the project's primary sponsor. The "Bulgaria na Dlan" project is the latest project born from the collaboration between UBB and the Bulgarian Culture Ministry. In 2008, UBB participated in the creation of a miniature model of the "Rila Monastery" currently on display at the "Mini Europe" park in Brussels.
The exhibit is dedicated to March 3, Bulgaria's National Holiday.
At the exhibit's inauguration, the Culture Minister, Stephan Danailov, expressed his hope that the exhibit was going to soon find a better home with a larger display area, adding that the new Sofia airport terminal could be used for the above purpose.
The Bulgarian "Saint Stephen" Church, also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Istanbul, Turkey, famous for being made of cast iron. The Church was inaugurated in 1898 by Exarch Joseph and marks the beginning of the Bulgarian exarchate.
In the last few years, the Bulgarian State and the Istanbul City Hall have made significant efforts to raise funds for the church's renovation and maintenance, but those funds are still insufficient. The 110th anniversary of the iron church was celebrated at the end of 2008.