Surmeli Chapala on border

Surmeli Chapala on border

Anonymous
Anonymous

February 27th, 2015, 3:24 pm #1

There seems to be some ruins on the heights between those two villages on the arax river border.
It seems there is a square wall with what appears to be a church?

and why gosh darn do all these sites end up on the turkish side of the border
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VirtualAni
VirtualAni

March 5th, 2015, 3:33 am #2

It is not a church, but part of the fortifications. The square tower, which might have acted as a sort of citadel, can be seen from the main road, but the whole site is within a military zone and there is a watchtower actually beside the site. There was a turbe located at the edge of the cliff on the north side, midway between the tower and the north end of the western walls, but it seems to have collapsed in recent years, perhaps after the 1988 earthquake.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

March 19th, 2015, 1:58 pm #3

Interesting,
especially what you can find on the banks of the Akhurian and Araks on google maps.
Almost a dozen outlines of abandoned settlements, mostly on turkish side....
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VirtualAni
VirtualAni

July 31st, 2015, 2:30 pm #4

According to a recent Turkish article that is the origin of the name Surmeli. I have doubts - and Turkish interpretations of the meaning of place names has a disreputable history, even if in this case it is (for once) not designed to eliminate a place's Armenian history or identity.
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