ISTANBUL–Construction of an Armenian church in Edremit district of Van concluded and Turkish media reported that the restored church would function as a museum.
The European Union allocated 185 thousand euros to Turkey for the reconstruction effort, which launched on June 6. The church, which was built in the13th century, will function as a city museum, where historical-cultural values of Van will be displayed, reported the Yerkir newspaper.
This is not the first case in Turkey when an Armenian church has been converted to a museum. On March 29 Turkish authorities opened the restored Holy Cross Church on Akhtamar Island as a museum. This caused widespread concern and condemnation from Armenia’s and non-Armenia’s alike.