The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was present at the inauguration of St. Stephen's Orthodox Church in Constantinople.
Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov was also present, because the unique beauty of the holy temple belongs to the Bulgarian community.
The temple once again opened its gates after a seven-year restoration at a cost of $ 3.5 million.
It is one of the most impressive Christian churches that are preserved to this day in the City and is considered to be the "jewel" of the Balat district in the Golden Horn. The temple is also known as the "Iron Church".
The church is celebrating its 120 years this year, as it acquired its current iron form in 1898. In particular, imported iron elements were imported from Austria, weighing a total of 500 tonnes.
Mr. Erdogan said St. Stephen's Church remains a unique example of an iron-skeleton church and added that this church contributes to the beauty and wealth of Constantinople and is the latest example of Turkey's efforts to restore synagogues, chapels and churches.