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St. Giragos Armenian Church

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Address: Merkez, Diyarbakir, Turkey

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When I entered the church I saw a piano in the middle. He lined up in rows around on a regular basis. In the evening there is a clear public learned activity but unfortunately I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 May 2016
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

When I entered the church I saw a piano in the middle. He lined up in rows around on a regular basis. In the evening there is a clear public learned activity but unfortunately I could not stay. very nice to have such things done. The garden of the church can be a nice place to sit. Also see the... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

I really wish them to have their priest soon so that the church could operate not only as a museum. The lady who was the local guide was very nice and told us some very interesting facts about the church

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

Diffirent church in THE old town very beautiful place also old church as Well... this city and all wall is great lovely town and places..

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Wondering down the old narrow streets on the way there was a experiance in its self. It is small but beautiful.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

The St. Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir was build in 1376 and is really worth a visit. The district city council of Diyarbakir was involved in the restoration of this once derelict building. The restoration project is a testament to diverse groups working together to restore an important part of the city's history. It is a beautiful church and one... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

The restoration is beautiful enough, but the real wonder is the story behind the restoration: how a group of local people confronted history and determined to bend the "moral arc of history". The site includes a small museum, a cafe and a helpful staff. ]

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Recently restored, this apprx 700 years old church is very beautiful and culturelly rich. Try to meet the persons taking care of it as they know good information about it.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

Visited the Church while with a small tour group visiting central and eastern Turkey. The restoration is being done in a fairly professional manner. Small café generates some income and those I talked to said the food was good. What I found interesting was that this church was more open and the main room was larger than the traditional Churches... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

This recently open restoration is impressive, with a lovely wooden roof, pictures of the site before restoration, and images of the once thriving Armenian community in Diyabikar. There is a cafe on-site and, when I visited, a delightful half-Armenian/half-Kurdish volunteer guide who gave me some information about the church and the remaining Armenian citizens in the area.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015

This is said to be the largest church space in the Middle East, reflecting the days when Armenian Christians played a prominent part in city life in Diyarbakir. The building was an empty shell until just a few years ago, as well illustrated in the photos on display. Therefore, it is a remarkable achievement that the church is now back... More 

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