‘Last Armenians’ of Diyarbakır tie the knot after 60 years of waiting

D İYARBAKIR - 29/4/14 Diyarbakır’s recently restored Surp Giragos Armenian Church has been the witness of a very special wedding, the “yes, I do” of two octogenarians, pronounced after long overdue by some 60 years. With the tuxedo, the groom Bayzo, 87-years-old, reverenced as “the last Armenian” of Diyarbakır for being the dean of what remains of the ...

Diyarbakır church to display Armenian legacy

DİYARBAKIR - Anadolu Agency – September 2013 One of Diyarbakır’s most famous churches, the Armenian church of Surp Giragos, is set to become a city museum hosting artwork and artifacts depicting the Armenian history in the city. Earlier, the Hürriyet Daily News reported that Diyarbakır Metropolitan Mayor Osman Baydemir and Surp Giragos Armenian Foundation President Ergün Ayık ...

Armenian church in Turkey rings bell for first time in nearly 100 years

DİYARBAKIR / ANKARA - Doğan News Agency - 2/4/13 The Armenian community has rung the bells of Diyarbakır’s Surp Giragos Armenian Church for the first time in 98 years to celebrate the Easter holiday, but failed to hold a proper mass due to a lack of priests to take part, Doğan news ageny reported yesterday. The church ...

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 ...