The 11th-century Armenian church in Yenipinar village of Turkey’s Batman Province is used as a garbage dump by the locals.
Village resident Ali Ucar noted that he is very troubled that the villagers are taking the ruined church’s stones and using them in their stables, Haberler news agency of Turkey informs. He stressed that this shows how the residents do not value historical treasures. Ucar claimed that solely four of the church’s eight columns have remained erect.
In his turn, Batman University Rector Abdulselam Ulucam noted that a project will soon be implemented, with the support of Batman Provincial Hall, along the lines of which the Province’s historical treasures—irrespective of their religious belonging—will be registered. The Rector informed that the registered historical monuments will be restored and introduced to tourism.