The Art-A-Tsolum website continues to collect materials on the destruction of the Armenian heritage mainly in Turkey and Azerbaijan, as well as sometimes in Georgia and other areas. We also continue to draw the attention of readers to the selective destruction of the Armenian heritage in these countries.
Pay attention to the fact that the oldest monuments of Armenian civilization in these countries are being restored. This is done for a number of reasons – mainly financial reasons – like tourism – as well as political reasons with elements of total falsification of history.
In other words, Turkey, Azerbaijan, partly Georgia, Russia, and Chechnya are traditionally trying to benefit from the ancient Armenian heritage and are trying to appropriate it…
The Christian heritage of the Armenians in the mentioned countries is destroyed when possible. And in essence, this is a continuation of the Armenia Genocide.
We draw your attention to the above as a fact and information for consideration. From this, one may realize where the attacks on the Armenian Apostolic Church, culture, history of Armenia, as well as the Armenian language and literature come from. It is also clear who the sponsor of these sentiments is and what goals are pursued.
The goal is the same – Genocide, the destruction of the Armenian state and the extermination of the Armenian people.
We should recall that individuals with surnames ending with “yan” are part of the Genocide mechanism as well. These surnames are widely known since they are in the government, and they aren’t even trying to hide.
Below are a few examples of Armenian heritage that may be wiped out in Historical Armenia
The building of the Khorenyan Historical School in Constantinople may be turned into a hotel
This school built in 1821 has been in poor condition for over 25 years. Currently, it houses homeless people.
A special project was developed to restore this historic building, but it has been waiting for the green light for 4 years. However, if approved, the historical Armenian school will turn into a hotel.
Aram Koran, the second president of the Khorenyan school and the cemetery in the Holy Archangel Church in the Balat district of Constantinople, said that the school building has been leased to a private company for 18 years. According to him, the company intends to repair the building and turn it into a hotel. However, the corresponding project has been awaiting a permit for many years.
An Armenian khachkar from 1599 is the threshold of a Kurdish house
Samvel Karapetyan writes on his Facebook page: “When you run away and think that you can live without honor, the latter appears on the threshold of Kurdish houses…
A Khachkar from 1599 in the village of Suzantov, Sparkert province.”
1400 years old Armenian church of St. Anania in the village of Degirmenalti in Bitlis is used as a barn
In 1993, the Armenian church of St. Ananiawas registered by the Diyarbakir Regional Council for the Preservation of Cultural Objects. 15th-century khachkars are lying around the church, while another 7 khachkars in the western and southern areas of the church have been destroyed. The church has two main buildings – one of them was built in the 6th or 7th century.
The elders of the village say that the church had been in good condition when they moved to this village.
After the deportation of Armenians, the Armenian church in Fevkan has been turning into ruins
A church in the Shikhlar district of Antep, most likely built in the 7th century, is now in a dilapidated condition. In 2011, the church was renovated, but it would be abandoned again.
On the walls of the church, one can see various preserved inscriptions, as well as remains of vanishing frescoes. The church’s windows are broken, and grass has grown on the roof.
Before the deportation of Armenians, Fevkan’s church was a functioning church. But it hasn’t been used ever since the deportation.
Although left without its true masters, the church still stands thanks to its strong structure. The church garden has become a playground for Syrian children who moved here in 2011 due to the civil war.
After restoration works in 2011, the church was transferred to the Union of Disabled in Nizip. But as mentioned above, it would be soon abandoned.
It is believed that the church was built in the 6th or 7th century. Although the exact date of its construction isn’t known, some sources mention that it is older than Surb Khach Aghtamar Church.
In the monastery complex of Mor Gabriel, visitors are presented with the history of the Assyrians, one of the oldest peoples of Mesopotamia
The monastery of Mor Gabriel, which is considered a sacred place for the Assyrians, was built in 397 BC in the Gyungrina district of the town of Midyat. Its monumental architecture, mosaics, and dome towers are of great interest to visitors.
The monastery was named in honor of St. Shmuel and Shamun. In Assyrian, it has been called Deir-e-Umura.
Giragos Adjar, a volunteer in the church, tells visitors about the faith of the Assyrian nation and the suffering of history. Adjar says that although the population of the Assyrians has declined, they have lived here for thousands of years.
Despite the massacres during the Mongol invasion and the Armenian Genocide, the walls of the monastery, especially the gilded ones, are still standing.