Türkiye inaugurates renovated Armenian church in Diyarbakir -
Türkiye inaugurates renovated Armenian church in Diyarbakir
Türkiye has officially reopened a 16th-century Armenian church that had been damaged by terrorists before restoration by the Turkish government.
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Saying that everyone “shares the excitement” of the renovated Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy told the opening ceremony on Saturday that services will start tomorrow “and that this structure, which has been the target of terrorism, will be reopened for worship."
The historic church in Diyarbakir's Sur district was damaged by PKK terrorist attacks in 2015 and was restored with funds provided by the Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Ministry under the coordination of Türkiye’s Foundations General Directorate.
Various cultures and faiths live together in peace and worship freely in Diyarbakir, which is home to many priceless structures, said Ersoy, including the Surp Giragos Armenian and Mar Petyun Chaldean churches.
"Unfortunately, these two structures, which are among the important treasures of our cultural heritage, were targeted and destroyed by terror groups, who wanted to cast a shadow over the peace and tranquility of the city in recent years,” he explained.
"We believe that the places of worship all over Anatolia are signs of respect and fellowship among us.”
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