More destruction is planned for the Armenian monuments in the Lake Van region

More destruction is planned for the Armenian monuments in the Lake Van region

VirtualAni
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March 8th, 2010, 9:35 pm #1

MORE ARMENIAN CHURCHES TO BE RENOVATED IN EASTERN TURKEY

Armradio.am
01.03.2010 11:03

The Governor's Office in eastern Van province is preparing to restore
two more Armenian churches following the Surb Khach Church on Akhtamar
Island, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Deputy Gov. Halil Berk said the Armenian churches at Carpanak Island
and the village of Yukari Bakracli are next for renovation. Berk
said they aim to increase the tourism potential of the province,
adding that renovations were completed last year for castles in
Hoshap and Van along with the mosques in Husrevpasha and Kayacelebi.

Berk said renovation projects are nearly finished. "When Van is
mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the Akhtamar Island.
But there are four islands in Lake Van and each of them has a church."

Berk recalled that only Surb Khach on Akhtamar Island was renovated
and the one on Carpanak Island will join it in 2010 alongside the
Varakavank Monastery in the village of Yukari Bakracli. Berk said
those locations already attract tourists, and they want to attract
as much attention as they can through cooperation with the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism.

The Varakavank Monastery, on the mainland, is also known as the
"seven churches" for its seven connected buildings. The oldest of
the seven is the St. Sophia Church, built in the eighth century.

The church on Carpanak Island is from the sixth century and was
renovated in 1462 and again in the early 1700s after suffering damage
during an earthquake in 1703.
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VirtualAni
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March 8th, 2010, 9:57 pm #2

TURKS AND ARMENIANS TO REBUILD HISTORIC BRIDGE ON BORDER

Hurriyet
Feb 28 2010
Turkey

Turkey and Armenia are cooperating to reconstruct a 10th-century
bridge on the Arpacay River despite the faltering of the process of
political reconciliation between the two countries.

The Arpacay River establishes the border between Turkey and Armenia;
the ruined bridge that once spanned it had one foot in each country.

The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, or TEPAV, initiated
the effort to reconstruct the bridge, which is on the historic Silk
Road. The project is supported by both Turkish President Abdullah
Gul and the Yerevan administration, and is said to be looked upon
favorably by members of the Armenian diaspora as well.

Built by the Armenian Kingdom, the defunct bridge connotes the lack
of economic and political ties between the two countries, but its
reconstruction could symbolize a new era in bilateral relations.

TEPAV President Guven Sak first approached Armenian Prime Minister
Tigran Sarkisian and Deputy Culture Minister Arev Samelyan about
the project. Gul, who has been interested in the effort since he was
first informed about it in February 2009, was briefed on the current
situation Friday following the visit of a TEPAV delegation to Yerevan.

According to TEPAV officials, there is an urgent need to have a set
of creative and genuine confidence-building steps in the relationship
between Turkey and Armenia.

"It is important to strengthen the momentum. The positive impact of
the political reconciliation on society should be reinforced," said
one official from TEPAV, which has also been active in projects to
bring Palestinians and Israelis together. "Symbolic steps will give
visibility to the political will. These steps should increase the
contacts between the two peoples and enable them to open the borders
in their mentalities."

Such steps should also aim at preparing the economic infrastructure
of the South Caucasus, the official added.

Turkey previously restored the Armenian church in Akdamar Lake, near
the eastern city of Van, as well as some of the historical buildings
near Kars. Armenia, however, did not participate in those efforts
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VirtualAni
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March 23rd, 2010, 2:55 pm #3

The Armenian church in Tuzhisar is a large basilica, dating probably from the 19th century. It is similar to the Surp Hovhanness Church at Aprank, but without a dome. It is still in a fairly good state of preservation but its roof it starting to collapse. In the mid 1990s I spent many hours being interrogated in Hafik's military base, then in Sivas's main police station, and finally at the city's military HQ after daring to photograph this church.

ARMENIA CHURCH IN TURKEY WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED

Tert.am
16.03.10

An 18th century Armenian church in Tuzhisar, a village located in the
Turkish region of Hafik (Sivas province), will be reconstructed.

According to Turkish news source Hurriyet Daily News and Economic
Review, the proposal to reconstruct the church -- presently used as
a store -- was an initiative by Zeki Aydin, head of Hafik Regional
Council and member of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

"We have informed the Minister of Culture and Tourism about our wish.

We will do our best to reconstruct the church and turn it into a
tourist spot," said Aydin.

A few weeks ago, Deputy Governor of Van Halil Bers had said that,
according to a project designed by the provincial administration,
two more churches will be reconstructed in Van.
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March 27th, 2010, 11:47 pm #4

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March 28th, 2010, 9:45 am #5

What do you mean? Are there news or rumours that Mren is supposed to be "restored" too?
And: Did you manage to visit Mren? If yes: When and how? I tried twice in the past and unfortunately never succeeded...
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March 28th, 2010, 8:25 pm #6

Check the link in the previous post, facade has completely collapsed.
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VirtualAni
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March 30th, 2010, 4:28 pm #7

Most of the south facade of Mren collapsed in the early months (January or February) of 2008. The south facade (and probably the whole church) is about to follow it.

Mren was exactly the monument that should have been repaired, unlike Holy Cross church on Aghtamar, or the Tigran Honents church at Ani, both of which were under no danger of collapse and whose politically-inspired "restorations" have done serious damage to the original structure (as well as the destruction of their visual attractiveness).
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April 1st, 2010, 1:28 am #8

TURKS AND ARMENIANS TO REBUILD HISTORIC BRIDGE ON BORDER

Hurriyet
Feb 28 2010
Turkey

Turkey and Armenia are cooperating to reconstruct a 10th-century
bridge on the Arpacay River despite the faltering of the process of
political reconciliation between the two countries.

The Arpacay River establishes the border between Turkey and Armenia;
the ruined bridge that once spanned it had one foot in each country.

The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, or TEPAV, initiated
the effort to reconstruct the bridge, which is on the historic Silk
Road. The project is supported by both Turkish President Abdullah
Gul and the Yerevan administration, and is said to be looked upon
favorably by members of the Armenian diaspora as well.

Built by the Armenian Kingdom, the defunct bridge connotes the lack
of economic and political ties between the two countries, but its
reconstruction could symbolize a new era in bilateral relations.

TEPAV President Guven Sak first approached Armenian Prime Minister
Tigran Sarkisian and Deputy Culture Minister Arev Samelyan about
the project. Gul, who has been interested in the effort since he was
first informed about it in February 2009, was briefed on the current
situation Friday following the visit of a TEPAV delegation to Yerevan.

According to TEPAV officials, there is an urgent need to have a set
of creative and genuine confidence-building steps in the relationship
between Turkey and Armenia.

"It is important to strengthen the momentum. The positive impact of
the political reconciliation on society should be reinforced," said
one official from TEPAV, which has also been active in projects to
bring Palestinians and Israelis together. "Symbolic steps will give
visibility to the political will. These steps should increase the
contacts between the two peoples and enable them to open the borders
in their mentalities."

Such steps should also aim at preparing the economic infrastructure
of the South Caucasus, the official added.

Turkey previously restored the Armenian church in Akdamar Lake, near
the eastern city of Van, as well as some of the historical buildings
near Kars. Armenia, however, did not participate in those efforts
ARMENIAN CHURCH IN SLAIN JOURNALIST'S HOMETOWN TO BE RESTORED

Today's Zaman
March 24 2010
Turkey

An old Armenian church, located in the neighborhood where slain
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was born, will be restored.

A mosque foundation carrying out activities in Carmuzu-Kaynarca
district of the eastern province of Malatya has recently applied to
the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism for the restoration of the
"Armenian Tashoron Church" constructed in the province's Cavushoglu
neighborhood nearly 300 years ago.

Cavushoglu neigborhood is also the birthplace of journalist Hrant
Dink, the editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly
Agos, who was shot dead outside his newspaper's offices in Istanbul
in 2007.

During a visit to his hometown in 2002, Dink had also expressed his
desire for the restoration of the church.

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency on the project, the mosque
foundation's president Latif Yildirim said Tuesday that Tashoron
Church was constructed in the 18th century, during the reign of the
Ottoman Empire.

Yildirim said his foundation, together with several NGOs and the
non-Muslim population living in Malatya, had been displaying efforts
for the restoration of the old building since the beginning of 2009.

Expressing the importance of freedom of faith, Yildirim said
religions should act with tolerance towards each other and seek
for dialogue.

"The historical Armenian church in Cavushoglu neighborhood is about to
collapse. It was constructed during the Ottoman period and this shows
us how a tolerant and libertarian culture we are coming from. People
lived all together and practised their religious beliefs freely at
those times. This happens and should happen today as well," he said.

Yildirim also said the restoration process of the historical temple
would be carried out with the support of Malatya municipality.
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April 16th, 2010, 4:44 pm #9

Armenian church to be home of culture in central Anatolian town

Hurriyet
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php? ... 2010-04-07

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
ESKIªEHIR - Anatolia News Agency

Surp Yerotutyun, an Armenian church constructed in 1881 in the town of Sivrihisar in Eskiºehir province and one of the largest in Anatolia, will be restored.

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, mayor of Sivrihisar Fikret Arslan said they wanted to restore many historical buildings in the town, including Surp Yerortutyun. "We want to renovate historical buildings in Sivrihisar, and this includes an Armenian church constructed in 1881 and an Armenian bath," Arslan said.

Arslan said the church was one of the biggest ones in Anatolia and had been used as a depot for a long time. The church was abandoned 20 years ago, he said. "Angel figures in the entrance gate of the church draw attention. We keep these figures in a safe place because they are in danger of being stolen. There are frescos, Virgin Mary figures and writings in the church. It is visited even in this situation, and the number of visitors has increased in recent years," he said.

The restoration of the Surp Yerortutyun Church will be sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the church will be turned into a home of culture. Middle East Technical University and Gazi University will make environmental arrangements, and roads to the church will also be restored.

Eskiºehir Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Osman Gül said the restoration project was in the final stage. "The project will be awarded in the coming days, and works will start. The church is expected to contribute to the district's tourism when it becomes a culture house, and the number of visitors is then expected to increase," he said.

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May 19th, 2010, 1:39 am #10

TURKS AND ARMENIANS TO REBUILD HISTORIC BRIDGE ON BORDER

Hurriyet
Feb 28 2010
Turkey

Turkey and Armenia are cooperating to reconstruct a 10th-century
bridge on the Arpacay River despite the faltering of the process of
political reconciliation between the two countries.

The Arpacay River establishes the border between Turkey and Armenia;
the ruined bridge that once spanned it had one foot in each country.

The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, or TEPAV, initiated
the effort to reconstruct the bridge, which is on the historic Silk
Road. The project is supported by both Turkish President Abdullah
Gul and the Yerevan administration, and is said to be looked upon
favorably by members of the Armenian diaspora as well.

Built by the Armenian Kingdom, the defunct bridge connotes the lack
of economic and political ties between the two countries, but its
reconstruction could symbolize a new era in bilateral relations.

TEPAV President Guven Sak first approached Armenian Prime Minister
Tigran Sarkisian and Deputy Culture Minister Arev Samelyan about
the project. Gul, who has been interested in the effort since he was
first informed about it in February 2009, was briefed on the current
situation Friday following the visit of a TEPAV delegation to Yerevan.

According to TEPAV officials, there is an urgent need to have a set
of creative and genuine confidence-building steps in the relationship
between Turkey and Armenia.

"It is important to strengthen the momentum. The positive impact of
the political reconciliation on society should be reinforced," said
one official from TEPAV, which has also been active in projects to
bring Palestinians and Israelis together. "Symbolic steps will give
visibility to the political will. These steps should increase the
contacts between the two peoples and enable them to open the borders
in their mentalities."

Such steps should also aim at preparing the economic infrastructure
of the South Caucasus, the official added.

Turkey previously restored the Armenian church in Akdamar Lake, near
the eastern city of Van, as well as some of the historical buildings
near Kars. Armenia, however, did not participate in those efforts
Does Mkrtich Minasyan lack all understanding about how to treat historic monuments, or is greed the only thing that matters nowadays in Armenia? What is being consistantly revealed is that Armenia is no more to be trusted than Turkey when it concerns the corrrect way to conserve historic structures. They incorrectly (perhaps knowingly to gain more funding) apply words like "restore" and "reconstruct", claiming they are in someway connected to "preserve". However, "restoration" and "reconstruction" is not preservation, IT IS DESTRUCTION.

RECONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE BETWEEN ARMENIA AND TURKEY MATTER OF TIME

Panorama.am
19:09 11/05/2010

Politics

If the efforts of a group of Armenian architects and culture figures
prove successful, the main bridge of the Armenian medieval capital
of Ani between Armenia and Turkey will be reconstructed.

"This is matter of time," the head of the Union of Architects of
Armenia Mkrtich Minasyan says. He is one of the initiators of the
project and he is convinced that the reconstruction of the bridge
would be of symbolic significance. "This bridge does not just connect
the two banks but the two countries, and through time people, the
representatives of the two nations, will be able to communicate,"
the architect explained.

It's the Armenian party that has raised the reconstruction of the
medieval bridge, connecting the Armenian Kharkov and Turkish Ani
bordering residences. The project has been filed to the Turkish side
and the latter expressed willingness to restore the bridge, though,
have taken no steps towards it by now.

Former Deputy Culture Minister of Armenia and current ICOMOS
(International Council on Monuments and Sites) Armenia President
Gagik Gyurjyan says "the bridge is half-heritage."

"Both Turkey and Armenia have joined lots of conventions on the
preservation of the cultural heritage and are obliged to contribute to
the joint preservation of this very heritage. So, as half-heritage,
we have initiated to restore the bridge, irrespective of borders,"
Gyurjyan said.

According to the Turkish media, the Economic Policy Research Foundation
of Turkey, TEPAV, has submitted the project to Turkish high authorities
and the latter have approved it.

"This damaged bridge, built by the Armenian Kingdom, is associated
with the total absence of economic and political relations between
the two countries and its reconstruction could symbolize the new era
of bilateral relations," Turkish media wrote.

The capital of Ani, founded by the Bagratids in 961 A.D., was one of
the outstanding cities of historical Armenia, known for its temples,
churches, walls. Historians evidence that 5 stone bridges, over 30
m long, on Akhuryan River tied Ani with the outer world.

Monument specialist Samvel Karapetyan has not been informed about
the initiative and he is not involved in the works. "This is a unique
bridge, we have had few such bridges," he said.

"Ani is a collection of pearls: both religious and architectural,
like this bridge. Ani has such a school of architecture, any monument
here is a pearl," Karapetyan said.

"After reconstruction it may serve for pedestrians and can be best
sample of cultural heritage at the same time," ICOMOS President says.

"Tourists will use the bridge to get to Ani from Shirak," this is
what Mkrtich Minasyan thinks.

However, Samvel Karapetyan is more interested why restore the bridge,
for in Ani there are thousands of monuments worth reconstruction. "The
words on establishing connection are hollow. Any building can be a
way of establishing connection. The bridge has no stressed identity
for the Turkish, that is to say, they are afraid to touch an Armenian
church or monastery, while, about bridges they could say: how on earth
it comes to be Armenian? Only religious constructions - khachkars,
cemeteries, churches - highlight the national identity and they are
afraid to approach these," he said.

Anyway, Minasyan says, a bid has been submitted with ICOMOS to back
the reconstruction of the bridge.
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