Stones of Armenian church used in mosque construction

The stones of Varagavank Church in Van are being used in a mosque building.

«The church is being regularly destroyed to use its stones to build a mosque, houses in neighboring villages and other constructions. The temple is on the verge of destruction», Ali Kalchek, the Head of the Van Monuments Protection Union, told the local mass media.

At the moment classes of the Koran for local children are conducted in the church.

The Armenian church of Varaganvank belongs to the 7-8th centuries. It was substantially damaged during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. The church was restored later thanks to the efforts of Turkish Armenians.

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