RELIGION > Armenian church's bell ring after 97 years in Diyarbakır

DIYARBAKIR - Doğan News Agency

Print Page Send to friend »
DHA photo

DHA photo

Armenian church Surp Giragos in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır was reopened yesterday after 32 years.

The church's bell was demolished in 1915, as it was taller than the minarets of all mosques in the area. A bell similar to the original one has been reconstructed and rang out today after 97 years of silence.

The first rite was conducted today by Turkey vice-patriarch Aram Ateşyan, who called for interfaith peace and dialogue.

Worshipers from the United States, Armenia and Canada participated in the rite and the opening ceremony.

The restoration project was launched in 2010 by the Surp Giragos Armenian Church Foundation, with contributions from the Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality.


PRINTER FRIENDLY Send to friend »


Notice on comments

dogan kemal ileri

11/5/2012 7:59:50 PM

Sid Mark heritage and culture must be preserved as it belongs to all of us.Brit in Turkey I have been to all of what you mention and also to all the very first christian churches.It was an amazing experience and I urge all who visit Turkiye to make that journey.

Diren Sesel

11/5/2012 6:45:40 PM

I hope the bells always ring. Let there be peace

Brit in Turkey

11/5/2012 6:24:32 PM

@dogan kemal ileri - Christianity in Turkey goes back 2,000 tears. St. Paul and others were said to have preached here and there is a house near Efes purporting to be that of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Sid Mark

11/5/2012 5:45:59 PM

Mr ileri you make me wonder.

dogan kemal ileri

11/5/2012 4:08:53 PM

Christianity was first accepted racially by the Armenians in Turkiye as is the very first christian churches which are in antakya. Great for faith tourism too.
< >


AcerPro S.I.P.A HTML & CSS Agency