The Ministry of Culture provided BGN 70 000 for making an iconostasis for the restored Bulgarian Temple „St. St. Konstantin and Elena” in Edirne. There will be 74 icons on the new iconostasis, which is currently being mounted.
The consecration of the restored Temple „St. St. Konstantin and Elena” in Edirne will take place on September 14, 2008 – John the Baptist’s Day.
The Bulgarian Government provided € 400 000 for the complete restoration of this Bulgarian relic.
On January 7 this year the Minister of Culture, Prof. Stefan Danailov, officially announced the beginning of the repair works on the reconstruction of the Bishop’s Temple „St. St. Konstantin and Elena” in Edirne. Minister Danailov forecasted then, that as in the old times – in 1869, the church was built within 6 months only, now it will again be built within 6 months. The complete restoration, which ended in August, was done under the constant personal control of Minister Stefan Danailov. Currently the last finishing jobs on the yard’s vertical planning are carried out. The restoration was performed under the monitoring of the Ministry of Culture’s Directorate of Protection of Immovable Monuments of Culture and the Department of Ecclesiastical Matters under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria.
We have a saying “A word given is a stone thrown”. Minister Danailov is delighted to note that thanks to the patriotic enthusiasm of this project it was completed within the said time-limit and that the restored Bulgarian Temple will open its doors on the big Christian patron saint’s day – John the Baptist’s Day, which is celebrated by all Bulgarians.