Armenians claim roots in Diyarbakır

The Surp Giragos Church was blessed on Oct. 22 in accordance with the traditions of the Apostolic Armenian Church. DHA photo

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU DİYARBAKIR – Hürriyet Daily News 23/10/2011 A group of Armenians, raised as Sunni Muslims, will be baptized today as Armenian Orthodox christians at the historic St. Giragos (Surp Giragos) Armenian Church in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakır. The church, which was reopened on Oct. 22 following two years of restoration work, will host the baptism ceremony for ...

A small church service in Diyarbakır signals bigger Reconciliation

Surp Giragos’ restoration was widely supported by Istanbul Armenians, although the Turkish Culture Ministry, Diyarbakır’s Sur Municipality and diaspora Armenians also contributed to refurbishing the church.

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU DİYARBAKIR - Hürriyet Daily News 19/6/2011 Hearkening back to Diyarbakır’s cosmopolitan past, diaspora Armenians and clergy held a small service in a local church Saturday in what many hope is a harbinger for a more multicultural future in the southeastern city. “The sounds of the call to prayer and church bells will mix here on this land ...

Municipality, Patriarchate renovate Armenian Cemetery

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 15/5/2011 A historical Armenian cemetery dating back to 1061 A.D. and measuring hundreds of acres in the eastern province of Sivas has been jointly renovated by the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey, the local municipality and the provincial governor’s office. A Muslim cemetery located in the area also underwent restoration as part ...