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Greek FM: The desecration of the historic Monastery of Panagia Soumela is offensive

“The recent images that were displayed on social media, in which a foreign band seems to be dancing disco in the area of the Historical Monastery of Panagia Soumela, are a desecration of this Monument,” said characteristically earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece in an announcement.

The ministry noted that it is surprising that the permit was given to the band, as the Monastery of Panagia Soumela opens only for pilgrimage reasons.

“These images are offensive and add to a series of actions by the Turkish authorities against World Heritage Sites,” stressed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concluded:

“We call on the competent Turkish authorities to do the right thing so that such acts are not repeated and the sanctuary of the Monastery is respected”.