Pine tree grows on neglected church rooftop
ERZURUM – Doğan News Agenc
DHA PhotoA pine tree has been growing on the rooftop of a Russian Orthodox church in Erzurum’s Oltu district after years of neglect left the site in a deteriorated condition.
The church, located in the Karabekir neighborhood, was built during the Ottoman-Russian war of 1877-78, after Russian forces briefly took over the town. The church was left uncared for after that, and was frequently targeted by architect thieves.
The inner walls and ceiling have been severely damaged over time, and recently locals discovered the growing pine tree on the rooftop of the building.
The locals called on authorities to restore the church, however, they also stated that they wanted to keep the pine tree where it has been growing, according to Doğan news agency.