Armenian Evangelical Church, Elâzığ

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The old Armenian Evangelical church is used as a public toilet nowadays.

The historical Armenian Evangelical Church (Turkish: Ermeni Protestan Kilisesi, Armenian: Հայաստանեայց Աւետարանական Եկեղեցի) is an Armenian Evangelical church located in the centre of the Turkish town of Elâzığ (Mamuretül-Aziz), next to Kharpert. After being abandoned due to the Armenian genocide, it has been used as a public toilet.

It was built in the 19th century and constituted the headquarters of this church for Elazig. After the Armenian genocide, the church was used as the Arpaci Powder Industry Fabrique, then as a playground for children, and marketplace and shelter for animals. Despite its Armenian identity it was described as an "historical Assyrian church" by the Turkish authorities in 1973. In 2007, the Turkish state announced it will turn the church into a hospital, but as of 2014 no change has been made. Because of its location in the centre of Elazig, it is used as parking lot for cars and as a public toilet.

Interior frescoes of Jesus and Mary are heavily damaged but can still be seen. The entrance is damaged and there is no roof left.

Sources[edit]

  • "Kiliseyi tuvalet yaptılar" (in Turkish). Retrieved 7 August 2015. (in Turkish)

Coordinates: 38°40′38″N 39°13′28″E / 38.6772°N 39.2244°E / 38.6772; 39.2244