Greek Prime Minister will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch in Halki Theological School on Wednesday
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Wednesday in the Theological School of Halki. Prime Minister Tsipras will initiate his visit in Turkey attending an official meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday. From there, the Greek Prime Minister will visit Constantinople and meet with the Ecumenical Patriach on Wednesday. He will also attend the scheduled commemoration processions that will take place in Halki Theological School on the Feast Day of Saint Photios, Halki’s patron saint. In the aftermath of religious processions, the Greek Prime Minister will attend a private meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Interestingly, Alexis Tsipras is the first Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic to enter the Halki Theological School’s premises since early 1933, when his predecessor, Elefterios Venizelos last visited the venue. The Holy Theological School of Halki belongs to the second largest Princes’ Islands, a complex of nine islands, located in the Marmara Sea, south of Constantinople. The Halki Theological School hosts the renowned monastery of the Holy Trinity which has been in place since the early 9th century AD. In Byzantine years, Halki was the most renowned religious school in the region. Since its modernisation in 1844, Halki was utilised as a museum, an educational institution and a religious venue holding important conferences of Orthodox Christianity. The Turkish government have closed down the institution since 1971. In November 2009, a resolution in the U.S. Senate called Turkey to immediately reopen the Halki Theological School and allow religious and educational activities to take place within its premises.