No: 85, 22 March 2017, Press Release Regarding The Severe Damage On Çelebi Sultan Mehmet Mosque In Didymoteicho-greece As A Result Of A Fire On 22 March , 22.03.2017
We are saddened to learn that Çelebi Sultan Mehmet Mosque in
Didymoteicho-Greece, built in 1420, and restoration of which was started in
2016 by the Greek authorities, was severely damaged as a result of a fire
which broke out in the early hours of 22 March. We expect the Greek
authorities to determine the cause of the fire.
It is of great importance that the Çelebi Sultan Mehmet Mosque, which is
one of the most distinguished examples of our common cultural heritage with
Greece, be restored to its original form and preserved for future
Our common resolve to mutually preserve the cultural properties in Turkey
and Greece has also been reflected in the documents signed during the
High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) Meetings between Turkey and Greece.
In line with this common will, Turkey is ready to contribute by all means
to the restoration and preservation of the Çelebi Sultan Mehmet Mosque, a
unique architectural monument.