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Photos reveal desecration of Armenian church in Turkey

Photos reveal desecration of Armenian church in Turkey

PanARMENIAN.Net - A set of secretly taken photographs show Diyarbakir’s Surp Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church in descretion, the Armenian Weekly reports.

The church has been off limits to the public since the most recent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish fighters in Diyarbakir.

The photographs were taken in July 2017.

Armenians from around the world flocked to Surp Giragos on Oct. 22, 2011, to attend both the consecration of the largest Armenian Church in the Middle East and the Badarak held the following day. The church had been recently renovated by the Surp Giragos Armenian Foundation, with the support of the local Kurdish-controlled municipality of the time.

During the past two tumultuous years, the church has been desecrated and largely damaged, as the photographs show.

The photos were captured by a Diyarbakir resident who did not want to be identified.

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