President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "If we were a nation that targeted symbols of other beliefs, as claimed or implied, there would be winds now in the place of this monastery we had for five centuries."
President Erdoğan: “We believe that we deserve our thanks for protecting, protecting and keeping this great temple alive.”
President Erdogan: “We dedicate this ceremony to those who cannot afford the climate of tolerance and love of the ancestor who has not even touched the hair of this work, which has served as a mosque for half a thousand years.”
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy: “The first phase of the works in the Sumela Monastery was completed on 29 May 2019. With the second stage completed today, we have completed 65 percent of the restoration of the Sumela Monastery and the precautions we have taken regarding the stone fall measures. ”
Turkey's two major cultural heritage, the restoration of Sumela Monastery in Trabzon completed the second stage with the opening of the Hagia Sophia Mosque were done.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening ceremony with a video conference and said, "If we were a nation that targeted symbols of other beliefs, as claimed or implied, now the wind had been in place of this monastery that we had for five centuries." said.
Wishing that the Sumela Monastery and Ortahisar Hagia Sophia Mosque, the restorations of which have been completed, will be beneficial to Trabzon and the country, Erdogan is the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, who contributed to the service of humanity, to re-present these two beauties of Anatolia, which contains the most important works of the world heritage. Congratulated.
Expressing that everyone sees how to work on the slopes, Erdogan stated that the works were carried out despite all difficulties and threatening factors.
Reminding that the Sumela Monastery is one of the important symbols of the promotion of the country, Erdogan said that this work, which has a history of about 1600 years, came to the present day after being settled in the region and completely conquered by the ancestor.
“We Owned This Work Like All The Values Of Our Country”
Emphasizing that it is possible to see the traces of all civilizations dominating the region in the Sumela Monastery, which consists of a series of structures carved into the rocks, Erdoğan continued his words as follows:
“This work lived its most brilliant periods in the 19th century, and after the Russian occupation, it was emptied and emptied. Unfortunately, some of these beautiful works were taken to Greece in the 1930s. Like every value of our country, we have claimed this work. We have been working for many years to bring this beautiful work, which is described as the necklace of Altındere Valley, to the world cultural heritage. We have previously made its surroundings, aqueducts and stairs leading up to the monastery usable. Improving the rock surface on which today's monastery, we are opening than a portion of the weighted restoration How has come that Turkey's territory all kinds of civilization heritage on, maintains that, which is a concrete example that complement we offer to the attention of the critics of our present study countries. If we were a nation that targeted the symbols of other beliefs, as claimed or implied, at the present place of this monastery that we had for five centuries, now the winds would work. ”
“We Believe We Deserve Thanks”
Pointing out that the same situation is valid for similar works all over Anatolia, Erdogan emphasized that they were never in the pursuit of destruction, destruction, destruction, but on the contrary, they were always pursuing construction and revival.
"A complete cultural genocide took place in the geographies where the Ottoman Empire was taken a century ago." Erdogan said the following:
“Most of the works of Ecdat Heirloom were either destroyed, burned or sentenced to disappear. In a city that we left with 300 mosques a century ago in the Balkans, the existence of a single mosque that somehow survived is proof of who stood where. In historic preservation from any Western state a say in Turkey, has no right to criticize us for our open Hagia Sophia as a mosque to serve again as it was converted in 1453 should not cause discomfort. On the contrary, we believe that we deserve our thanks for protecting, preserving and maintaining this great temple. The same is true for the Ortahisar Hagia Sophia Mosque, which we will open today. This work, which has a history of about 750 years, has reached the present day, which will become even more beautiful in the hands of the ancestor. During the history of Ortahisar Hagia Sophia Mosque, only a century ago, during the short Russian occupation, it was used as a warehouse and used in contravention of the temple. Even this example alone is enough to show who respects historical artifacts and shrines, and who treat them rudely and destructively. ”
Erdoğan pointed out that they opened the Ortahisar Hagia Sophia Mosque, which was completely restored from the garden walls to the ceilings, as one of the symbols of the ancient and embracing civilization.
"We dedicate this ceremony to those who have not been able to get a touch of the climate of tolerance and love of the ancestor who has not even touched the hair of this work, which has served as a mosque for half a thousand years." Erdoğan pointed out that the opening of the Ayasofya-i Kebir Cami-i Şerifi in Istanbul functions as a litmus paper separating those who respect the right and law in the country and in the world and those whose mind and heart are darkened.
“No matter what they do, the end of the road is visible now”
Underlining that those who could not accept the millennial existence of the Turkish nation in Anatolia, once again vomited their hatred under the pretext of Hagia Sophia, and also those who were hostile to the values and culture of the nation reveal their true intentions through Hagia Sophia.
“It is obvious that these sections will say about the Sumela Monastery and the Ortahisar Hagia Sophia Mosque. Neither history nor culture has value for them. Since they cannot express their hostility to the Turkish nation and Islam, they are positioned on such issues. However, there is no need for such indirect means. Our nation knows exactly who stands where in all humanity. We have already said these truths in the eyes of the representatives of nearly 200 countries around the world from the United Nations chair. We expressly state that the welfare system based on the blood, tears, pain and exploitation of the rest of the world, especially the Western countries, has come to an end. We state that we see the pain of change in our region and in the world as a harbinger of a new and happy birth.
We believe that the developments in the epidemic period reveal this reality in a way that cannot be denied and returned. We expect such a clear and so clear stance from those in front of us. Unfortunately, those who are accustomed to making gains by constantly shooting below the waist, continue their way inside and outside with the same sneakiness. They are trying to hide their hostility to the values of the nation by slander people, by provoking our citizens, but whatever they do, the end of the road now appears. ”
Erdogan said that while the screams of victims and oppressed are covered, no one can cover the truth with false smiles and hollow concepts.
rights with the inspiration they receive from their civilization from and history as Turkey, truth, justice and peace in their struggle for the sake of continuous further move forward in that they are committed transmits President Erdogan, in any matter they were involved, he added that they acted in this perspective.
Thanking those who contributed to the revival of these works, Erdogan said, “I want to announce that our Orthodox citizens will be able to perform the Rite of the Virgin Mary during the restoration period at the Sumela Monastery on 15 August.” he spoke.
“We will open the last part to visit on July 1, 2021”
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy reminded that the first phase of the works in the Sumela Monastery was completed on 29 May 2019 and continued as follows:
“With the second stage completed today, we have completed 65 percent of the restoration of the Sumela Monastery and the measures we have taken, especially in relation to stone fall measures. The remaining 35 percent are areas that have never been visited before, we continue there without slowing down and I hope that by completing the last remaining part, that is, the areas that have never been visited before 1 July 2021, in less than a year. we will be open to service, to visit. ”
“More than 1100 Tons of Rock Removed from the Region”
Minister Ersoy pointed out that with this stage, a protection area was created in the rock section of approximately 17 thousand square meters and emphasized that all sides were covered with steel nets.
Underlining that 600 square meters of barrier work was carried out in the same section, Ersoy stated that more than 1100 tons of rocks were withdrawn from the region and thus the danger was removed.
Minister of Culture and Tourism Ersoy, stating that 11 million lira was spent in the first stage, “We will have completed this restoration work with a figure of 44 million lira by spending another 55 million lira with the second and third stages.” used the expression.
Reminding that the Sumela Monastery was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Temporary List in 2000, Ersoy said, “As soon as we have completed the last part, as soon as next year, it has started the necessary works to be included in the UNESCO Permanent Heritage List and quickly We aim to enter. ” he spoke.
“The Building in Trabzon, A Small Reflection of the Hagia Sophia Mosque Mosque in Istanbul”
Minister Ersoy said that the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be opened in Trabzon today.
Stating that they have completed the restoration works at the Hagia Sophia Mosque, which they had promised last year, with the instructions of Erdoğan, Minister Ersoy said that they had brought him to the opening today.
Minister Ersoy shared some information about the history of the building, noting that the building in Trabzon was a small reflection of the Ayasofya-i Kebir Mosque-i Sheriff in Istanbul.
Ersoy stated that the building gained the mosque quality in 1511 according to some sources and 1573 according to some sources and continued as follows:
“It serves as a mosque until 1966 and is open to worship. It turns into a museum in 1966, but in 2013, it was rebuilt as a mosque and served as a mosque. Restoration work has been going on for several years, we have speeded it up and made it ready for opening in a restored way. ”
On the statement of President Erdogan, “Just like in Istanbul Hagia Sophia, we will quickly restore the exterior facades, and we will make them shine brightly, and whatever we need,” Ersoy said, “Dear President, we will complete it in a year, we will grow it in 2021. . " said.
Following the speeches, upon the instructions of Erdoğan, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Trabzon Governor İsmail Ustaoğlu, Metropolitan Mayor Murat Zorluoğlu, Cultural Heritage and Museums General Manager Gökhan Yazgı, Ankara Culture and Tourism Manager Ali Ayvazoğlu, Trabzon Culture and Tourism Deputy Director Mustafa Asan and other officials cut the ribbon and opened the Sümela Monastery, which remained closed for about 5 years, after the restoration.
The opening of the Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum was held simultaneously with the Sumela Monastery by Ahmet Misbah Demircan, the other Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, and other officials.
Erdogan told the officials in the ceremony that the ribbon and scissors used at the opening were given to them in memory of the day.
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy also visited the Governorship and the Mayor's Office in Trabzon, where he came for the opening. Minister Ersoy also examined the Trabzon Hagia Sophia Mosque before the opening in Sümela Monastery.