The past: The Agios Yannis Church
It was linked to the Fener Rum Patriarchy in Istanbul during Patriarch Theodosios’ period. The main church was in the northwest, and the chapel we see today was an integral part of the complex. The monastery library started to expand in 1835, and became famous not only for religious books, but also for material on 17th and 18th Century church law.
....After the forced exchange of the Greek and Turkish residents in this area in 1924, the chapel began to fall into disrepair.
....Of the windmill, which was located to the west of the chapel and provided flour to the monastery, all that remained was the foundation.
The present: The Sevim - Necdet H. Kent Library
After many years of dereliction, the windmill and church were restored with the financial and moral support of Mr. Rahmi M. Koç, thereby saving these monuments to our cultural heritage for posterity. The island of Alibey thus became the proud possessor of a major new library on 7th August 2007.
....This library, which will be operated by the Rahmi M. Koç Museology and Culture Foundation, is named after retired ambassador Mr. Necdet H. Kent and his wife. Mr Kent apparently said, when his eyesight began failing in old age: ‘I am not so sorry that I cannot see, only that I cannot read.’ Mr. Kent’s son, Mr. Muhtar Kent, has donated a complete set of more than 1,300 of his late father’s volumes to this library.
....The mill is used as a customer service area, and the terrace café is a fine place for visitors to relax, reflect, and enjoy the panoramic view. Souvenirs and special local olive oil are on sale