Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Fener Greek Patriarch’s saplings in İzmir attract tourists
İZMİR – Doğan News Agency
The olive and myrtle tree saplings planted by Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew and İzmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu have become tourist attractions.
Orthodox Christian historians claim Saint Voukolos was the first Christian bishop of Smyrna (present-day İzmir). It is believed his tomb is located in the church’s courtyard.
While Bartholomew’s olive tree has grown enough to give its first yield, tourists and locals transformed the myrtle into a “wish tree” by tying little pieces of cloth to its branches.