In the field: Greek Orthodox monastery to build replica of Hagia Sophia

“Do you mind if we talk inside?” says the young monk in black robes spattered with white paint. “I’m making candles, and I have to trim them before they cool.”

My husband and I follow him into the big, dilapidated white barn that is part of Holy Ascension Monastery on Cold Brook Road at the outer end of Bearsville. In the long field beyond the barn, construction is about to begin on a church that will be a replica of the famed Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul — but one-fifth the size of the massive original. The Town of . . .

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