8 January 2010 /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The restoration of an Armenian and a Protestant church in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır is taking place under the auspices of the province’s Regional Directorate of Foundations as part of a project focused on preserving historic buildings in the province, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.
Noting that work is under way on a local Armenian church that dates back to the 16th or 17th century and a protestant church that dates back to the 19th century, Diyarbakır Regional Foundations Director Yakup Aktürk said they have developed plans for the restoration of every historic building in the province that needs repair and that projects are implemented based on urgency -- structures in worse condition are restored first. “We have completely restored 30 buildings. Currently, the restoration of two churches as well as Ali Paşa Mosque is under way,” he added.
Noting that 11 more historical buildings will be repaired this year including the Diyarbakır Ulu Mosque and the tombs of the prophets in the Eğil district, Aktürk said the restored buildings will be opened for cultural tourism in the city.