The project of reopening the Theological School of Halki reached a milestone last week when a team from the Neapolis University of Paphos, who had undertaken the landscaping of the school gardens, gave a presentation of the completed structure at a ceremony attended by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Prior to the presentation, the team from Cyprus, led by Leptos Group founder and NUP board chairman Michael Leptos, attended a church service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George (Ayios Georgios) at Fanari, Constantinople, during which His Holiness read out a message for the day of prayers for the welfare and protection of the natural habitat.
Bishop of Proussa and Prior of the Holy Monastery of Saint Trinity of Halki, Elpidoforos, also a Professor at the Aristotelion University of Salonica, who leads the efforts to reinstate the operation of the Theological School of Halki, expressed his sincere gratitude and satisfaction for the work carried out by the workgroup, and presented Michael Leptos, the Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of European and Research Projects and project leader Dr. Julia Georgi, and architect Heleni Antonara, as well as the other members of the workgroup, with commemorative gifts.
The official public presentation of the project by Dr. Julia Georgi took place at the Ceremony Hall of the Theological School of Halki, during which Dr. Georgi and the team pointed out the importance of the landscaping project, which aims at combining and enhancing the surrounding area of the school by establishing a strong link to its long and important history, thanks to which it is often referred to as the “Lighthouse of Orthodoxy”.
Photo shows the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offering Michael Leptos a copy of the Holy Bible.
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