After a tour of the monastery’s architectural sights and major shrines, the delegation met with the rector of Moscow Theological Schools, Archbishop Yevgeny of Vereya, who introduced them to the history and the present life of the academy and seminary, as well as various aspects of the training process and students’ life. The leader of the delegation, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçaci, head of the Presidency of Religious Affairs foreign relations department, expressed interest in developing contacts between theological schools in Turkey and Moscow Theological Academy and thanked His Eminence for the possibility to meet. Archbishop Yevgeny presented the guests with albums on the history of the monastery as tokens of the meeting.
The guests visited the MTA Church Archaeology Museum and met with students of the department of church art. The students told them about their recent trip to Turkey with the aim to study Christian monuments. Among the speakers was Ms. N. Kvlividze, head of the MTA department of church art.
Answering questions from students, Prof. Mehmet Paçaci spoke about the protection of architectural and cultural monuments including measures for preserving traces of Christian heritage in them and stressed the need for a competent approach to be made in studying them. Present at the meeting were students of the Academy’s MA course.