The rescue, restoration works, and the possibilities of utilization of the historic Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage, which is part of the cultural identity of the Greek Diaspora, but also of the history of Constantinople, were at the center of the working meeting held by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew today, Monday, October 18, 2021, with a large international team of scientists.
Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, Elder Metropolitan Dimitrios of the Princes’ Islands, Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, as well as Grand Protosyncellus Theodore and Grand Archdeacon Paisios were present at the meeting.
The Ecumenical Patriarch welcomed the scientists, who traveled to Constantinople from many countries, and informed them about the history of the Orphanage as well as about the efforts of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to save this unique property. Then, the Grand Hartophylaxand coordinator of the Committee of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Orphanage, Panteleimon Vigas, informed about the initiatives of the Committee to date, but also about the next steps aimed at the faster start of the rescue work.
An extensive discussion followed between the participants, who, each in his field, presented their proposals for the necessary work and techniques to be followed for the rescue of the imposing wooden building complex.