Istanbul patriarchate plans to restore world's third oldest church

The BaƟmelekler Church, built in 789 by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogennetos, is believed to be the world's third oldest church. Now it has been purchased by the Istanbul patriarchate which hopes to "restore this historical structure to its past glory."

The 8th century Byzantine church is located in the Trilye region of the Marmara province of Bursa.