Other Armenian buildings in Turkey
Today there are only a couple of dozen Armenian churches still functioning in Turkey. In the decade before the 1915 genocide, the Armenian Patriarchate in Constantinople produced an official list of all the functioning Armenian churches within the Turkish Empire. They counted 210 monasteries, 700 monastic churches, and 1639 parish churches. This list did not include Armenian churches outside the Patriarchate's jurisdiction - such as those belonging to Armenian Protestants or those in the Kars region which was then part of the Russian empire. It also did not included the many hundreds of abandoned medieval churches and monasteries in eastern Turkey.
This section of the website highlights the remains of some of the Armenian churches and monasteries in Turkey (many of which have been abandoned since 1915), together with a selection of other Armenian-related monuments. Click onto the map's red symbols or follow the links below.
Buildings featured in this section include:
- The Karmrakvank monastery overlooking Lake Van.
- The Surp Nishan and Surp Anapat monasteries near Sivas.
- An Armenian church and graveyard at Edremit (Artemid), beside Lake Van.
- An 18th-century Armenian church in the village of Gez, near Erzurum.
- The churches in the small town of Tomarza, near the city of Kayseri.
- The monastery of Marmashen, near Gyumri, in the Republic of Armenia.
- The monastery of St. Marinos, about 18km south of Van, overlooking the Gürpinar plain (Hayots Dzor).
- The medieval city of Shirakawan and its cathedral, 25km to the northeast of Ani.
- The fortress of Tignis, a little to the northwest of Shirakawan.
- The medieval city of Mren and its cathedral, 34km to the south of Ani.
- The Surp Amenaprkich church in Gyumri, inspired by the Ani cathedral.
- The site of the medieval city of Ketchivan or Ketchror, in the village of Tunçkaya, 55km to the south-west of Kars.
- The Armenian monastery of Surb Grigor (Salnabadi Surp Grigor Vank) on the slopes of Varag mountain, near Van.
- A look at the traditional houses within the city of Kars.
The small monastery on Arter (Kuşadasi) Island in Lake Van.
- The medieval khatchkars located in the formerly Armenian village of Por,
near Bitlis at the south-western corner of Lake Van.
- The tenth century church of the Holy Cross on Aght'amar Island:
a study of the sculpture on the East facade.
- The destroyed Armenian churches at Varzahan, near the town of Bayburt.
- The 13th century caravanserai of Zor, near the town of Igdir.
- The Monastery of the Miracles (Sk'ants'elagorgivank), near Adilcevaz.
- The monastery of Arak'elots (Holy Apostles monastery), near Mush.
- The traditional houses of Kayseri, and their destruction.
- The Armeno-Georgian church in Çengelli village, near Kagizman.
- The remains of the church known as Kumbet Kilise, near Kars.
- The ruins of the famous monastery of Varagavank, also known
as Yedikilise, near the city of Van.
- The ruins of the 10th century monastery of Saint George of Goms,
on the shores of Lake Van.
- The church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator in the city of Kayseri.
- The "1700th anniversary of the foundation of the Armenian Church"
commemorative service held within the church of Saint Gregory the
Illuminator in Kayseri on June 8th 2001.
- The monastery of Aprank (Saint David's monastery), near Tercan in