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THE CHURCH

The Intefaith Peace Garden’s church will be modeled after Saint Spydron Church in Cappodocia.  St. Spydron Church was built in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Justinian. It is believed that St. Gregory of Nazianzus visited this church and that the fundamental teachings of Orthodox Christianity originated in this region. The structure of Saint Spydron employs traditional masonry and exemplifies the high quality of the craftsmanship of its time. The central dome supported by an octagonal base is the church’s most prominent architectural element. The church’s entrance is similar to the door of St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral, the biggest Roman Catholic Cathedral in Istanbul.

 

THE SYNAGOGUE

The Interfaith Peace Garden’s synagogue will be modeled after the Great Synagogue in Edirne.  After a massive fire destroyed 13 synagogues in Edirne, the Jewish there community decided to replace these separate buildings with a single place of worship.  The Great Synagogue was built in 1907 for this purpose, and it was the third biggest synagogue in Europe at the time of its construction. It could accommodate 1,200 worshipers, and its design was meant to demonstrate the community’s modern achievements.

 

THE MOSQUE

The Intefaith Peace Garden’s mosque will be modeled after Habib-i Neccar Mosque in Antioch (Antakya).  The mosque was named after a martyred Christian, whose story is told in the Qur’an. When Jesus sends two of his envoys to the city of Antioch, Habib-i Neccar (the Beloved of the Carpenter) was the first person to believe them.  He was later martyred by his people for his belief.  When Muslims came to this region in the 6th century, they built a mosque by Habib-i Neccar’s grave in his honor. This mosque was thus dedicated to the first Christian in Asia Minor.

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