World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish officials were in contact with their Bulgarian counterparts, and especially with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in order to start the restoration of the Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, the biggest Ottoman architectural work in the Balkans still standing.
Presently closed to worship, the mosque’s restoration was discussed during a Bulgarian Ministerial Council session convened Wednesday under the presidency of Borisov.
The council issued a permission for the mosque to be restored by Turkey, appointing Razgrad’s Turkish-origin governor Gunay Husmen to oversee the reconstruction process, the office said in a statement.
The mosque will be opened to worship once the renovation has finished, the governor's office added.
Bulgaria is home to numerous mosques, historical Turkish baths (hammams), and a number of other historical buildings needing restoration.
A total of 27 Ottoman-era mosques in Bulgaria are awaiting restoration, as their minarets, walls, and doors have either collapsed or suffered considerable damage over time.
On the list are the Fatih Mehmed Mosque, located in the western city of Kyustendil, the Karaca Pasha Mosque in the southern town of Gotze Delchev, besides the Ibrahim Pasha Mosque in Razgrad.
However, local Muslim authorities complain that Bulgarian officials do not allow the restoration of old mosques with no minarets, which, they argue, is a reason to declare them as mere “historic sites”.
Turkish President Erdogan, US' Trump discuss bilateral and regional issues on phone, says presidential spokesman
Deputy PM Recep Akdag expresses willingness to enhance cooperation in all fields with Pakistan
Anti-narcotics operations carried out in Istanbul, Sanliurfa, Kutahya, Eskisehir and Elazig provinces
Private transportation services can only be operated by cabs equipped with meters, says professional drivers group
Turkey's operation in Afrin, relations between US and Turkey, and Syrian refugees come under discussion
Turkish Foreign Ministry offers 'condolences to friendly government and brotherly people of Afghanistan'
Meeting with Mongolian counterpart, Turkish deputy PM says FETO terrorist group threatens friendly relations
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear terrorist groups in northwestern Syria
47-meter race for children with Down Syndrome held in northwestern Tekirdag province
MHP leader Devlet Bahceli says Nevruz festival is source of nation’s unity, peace
Turkey-based aid foundations have opened over 8,800 water wells in Africa, Asia, Middle East
The European Union does not have any other choice than including Turkey in the union, says Turkey’s envoy to France
Ismail Kahraman says terrorist YPG/PKK ambitions in Afrin, northwestern Syria 'came to naught'
Hasan Celal Guzel, 73, passed away in Ankara on Monday while undergoing medical treatment