Middle East’s largest Armenian church has reopened in Turkey
The largest Armenian church in the Middle East, St. Giragos Cathedral in Diyarbakir, reopened on May 7. The church, built some 600 years ago, was abandoned for some time until restoration efforts began in 2008.
After three years of renovations, the church reopened in 2011 only to be closed again in 2015
At the reopening of the historic church, Armenian Patriarch Sahak II commented, “Even with the numerical decline in the Christian presence in Diyarbakir, the opening of this church can be a lifeline. And it contains an important and meaningful message of friendship with a view to improving Turkish and Armenian relations.”