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The largest Armenian church in the Middle East will be restored in Turkey

21.02.2019 124 просмотров

This is reported by the Turkish media.

The Turkish authorities intend to restore the Armenian church of Surb Kirakos (Holy Kirakos), located in Diyarbakir, the administrative center of the province of the same name in the east of the country.

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This church, built in the 16th century, is the largest Armenian temple in the Middle East: it can accommodate 1,400 parishioners. Until 1915, its bell tower was the tallest building in the city. 

During its history, the church of St. Kirakos was repeatedly destroyed, but it was always restored by the efforts of parishioners, the Armenian community of Turkey and the diaspora from all over the world. However, in the 80s of the last century, it fell into disrepair.

In 2011, the temple was restored with private donations (about $700,000 in total). But in 2015, the building was again badly damaged during the counter-terrorist operation of the Turkish army.

In 2016, the Church of Surb Kirakos was given the status of a state-protected object. Because of this, a significant part of the cost of its restoration was assumed by the local authorities.

It is expected that soon the church will be completely restored and services will begin in it.

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