Greek Orthodox minorities vow to save Turkey’s treasured ramshackle orphanage

Source: Global Times

May 28, 2018

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Looking up at the giant wooden edifice looming over him, Erol Baytas shakes his head.

"I don't think it will survive another winter," he says, broken tiles and boards strewn at his feet.

Built at the end of the 19th century on an island off Istanbul, this unique six-story structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it was shut down in the early 1960s.

And more than five decades later, the now dilapidated Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage is at risk of collapse.

To try and save this architectural treasure - described as the largest wooden construction in Europe and the second-largest in the world - cultural heritage NGO Europa Nostra has listed it as one of the continent's seven most endangered sites.

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