Partial restoration of historic Imera monastery of Pontus
A partial restoration of the renowned Imera Monastery of St. John the Forerunner, in the historic southeast Black Sea region of Pontus, has been completed, according to Turkish authorities.
The monastery is located in the ancient Argyroupolis district, known in modern Turkey as Gumushane.
According to the official Turkish news agency, the roof of the 670-year-old monastery was restored, along with structural columns in its interior. The partially restored monastery can now be visited by the public.
The news agency Anadolu quoted the head of the nearby village, called Olucak in Turkish, as saying that many people come to see the monastery, «…people come to our village from Greece to see the places where their ancestors lived.