Zeiss Seeing Beyond 2016
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silent witness of the past
communities who contributed to the Anatolian culture in the past
constituting major part of the population of Anatolia is a minority
today. Today, the proportion of the total population is 2 of a thousand
The majority of these people have migrated to Istanbul into different
European countries and the rest of the surviving small number of
religious ceremonies in churches continue and colorful rituals are
revived that we will never see from outside.
churches surviving in Anatolia are opened by the congregation coming
from Istanbul and some rituals are held as symbolic.Reopening after
restoration of St.Gregory Armenian Church in Kayseri on 2009 and St.
Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir on 2012 are the finest examples.
Armenian population of Kayseri in 2009 was only 1 person. Last Armenian
living in Diyarbakır died at the beginning of 2016. These structures are
important witnesses of the past are now living as symbolic.
Christians living in Istanbul, Antakya and Mardin are continuing their
religious ceremonies regularly. Syriac church in Adıyaman is the only
church in the region and collects all Christians for their religious
needs and ceremonies. In the Syriac villages of Sirnak rural areas
religious ceremonies continue regularly in the historic village churches.
Christians living scattered in Anatolia without a church are going to
other cities for important ceremonies and their children baptized there.
study is their story. It was carried out between the years 2006 and