Members of the Greek Orthodox Community in Smyrna had a unique and memorable experience on Sunday, when they attended the first Divine Liturgy that has taken place in the area since the Catastrophe of Smyrna in 1922. The service was held at the renovated church of St. Voukolos.
The church is dedicated to the patron saint of Smyrna and it is the only Greek Orthodox church that did not burn in the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922. St. Voukolos is located in the district of Basmane and was recently renovated by the City of Smyrna.
After the Catastrophe of Smyrna, the church has been used as a warehouse, a concert hall for classical music and operas, an archaeological museum and an antiquities storage space, until recently, when it was renovated.
The Greek Orthodox Community of Smyrna welcomed the event with excitement and joy as they always hoped to be able to use the temple for religious ceremonies.