Back to the Back to the Black City - Diyarbakir - the recently restored Armenian Church
Back to the Back to the Black City - Diyarbakir - the recently restored Armenian Church, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.
Diyarbakir used to be a home for many Armenian Christians, many of whom were disappeared in the early 20th century and some more again who left in recent years, finding homes in other countries. The state of Christians in Turkey has been well recorded by William Dalrymple in his book 'From the Holy Mountain'. However, things are getting slightly better such that at least this church has been able to be restored with contributrions paid for by (mainly) expatriates.
It is sad to see that the Americans are increasing the tone of their rhetoric against the Syrian government with talk of sending cruise missiles into Syria. The consequence of the fall of the Syrian government is bound to be annihilation of the Christian communities in Syria, either through more bloodshed at the hands of the jihadists or a long term exodus. Yet in the book, it was clear that the strongest Christian communities left in the Middle East, the birthplace of the religion, were to be found in Syria.