Develi

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Develi
Develi is located in Turkey
Develi
Develi
Coordinates: 38°23′19″N 35°29′33″E / 38.38861°N 35.49250°E / 38.38861; 35.49250Coordinates: 38°23′19″N 35°29′33″E / 38.38861°N 35.49250°E / 38.38861; 35.49250
Country Turkey
ProvinceKayseri
Government
 • MayorMehmet Cabbar (AKP)
 • KaymakamMurat Duru
Area
 • District1,897.94 km2 (732.80 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Urban
37,875
 • District
64,381
 • District density34/km2 (88/sq mi)
Websitewww.develi.bel.tr www.develi.gov.tr/

Develi is a town and district in Kayseri Province in Central Anatolia Region, Turkey.

History[edit]

Develi's 200-year-old Armenian church in Everek quarter is making local news in recent years, since the decaying building had been first transformed into a mosque in 1978 and, when routine maintenance works were initiated in 1998, it was discovered that the interior decoration was still very much present, simply covered with plaster as they were during the 1978 transformation. The discovery led to an ongoing divergence of opinions between the national authority for foundations, responsible for maintenance of mosques in Turkey, which is in favor of covering the cross and Virgin Mary figures again, and Kayseri Governorship's cultural protection unit which advocates a restoration to their state of origin, a move that would put an end to the edifice's use as a mosque, this use currently being restrained to a part of the building until an official decision is made. In 2004, in order to protect the cultural heritage, the works were ordered to be stopped by the then mayor of Develi, Ali Ağca, while an intermediate solution was found in between.[3]

Virgin Mary painting inside the old Armenian Everek/Evereg church, St. Toros, now a mosque, during renovations in 2000

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ Article: "Camiye camlı rötuş" (in Turkish). NTV Turkey. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)

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