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Historic Armenian church in Turkey's Kayseri reopened as library

The historic Armenian church of Surp Asdvadzadzin (Holy Virgin Mary) in Turkey's Kayseri (Kesaria) Province has been reconstructed and turned into a library by the municipality, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The church, reopened on January 15, attracting many attention on its first day by bookworms and students, who were in need of a working space for their lectures.

Erkan Kup, the director of libraries of the municipality, said that the library has nearly 50,000 books.

Some 25,000 of these books are published, while 22,000 are in digital form, he said. He also added that the library will have some 3,000 audio books as well.

Sources do not indicate the date of its construction, but it is stated that the church was built in the 1800s with the contributions of Haci Garabed Zartaryan.

The church had functioned until World War I and then served as a depot, municipality and police station. It was assigned to the Youth and Sports Ministry in 1961.

Used as a sports center, the structure had been neglected and handed over to the Kayseri Municipality with a protocol in 2012 for 25 years.



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