300 Year-Old Armenian Church in Turkey For Sale

The Armenian Church in Bursa, Turkey that has been put up for sale. (Source: Hurriyet Daily News)
The Armenian Church in Bursa, Turkey that has been put up for sale. (Source: Hurriyet Daily News)

The Armenian Church in Bursa, Turkey that has been put up for sale. (Source: Hurriyet Daily News)

BURSA (Anadolu Agency) — A 300 year-old Armenian Church in northwestern Turkey has been put up for sale for $1.5 million on an online shopping platform.

Having sustained severe damage in recent decades, the church in the northwestern province of Bursa was put up for sale online by a real estate agent on behalf of its owner, who lives abroad.

The church, registered by the Bursa General Directorate of Foundations in 1986, is located near the Green Tomb and the Emir Sultan Tomb in the Setbasi neighborhood.

The posting on www.sahibinden.com is titled “Church for sale, unique and suitable for every use.”

The real estate agent who placed the ad, Tayfun Ozenginler, told Anadolu Agency that Bursa has many historic churches due to the Armenian and Greek communities.

“The area where the church is situated was once inhabited by Armenians,” Ozengirler said.

“This particular building has been used for many different purposes since the exchange of population law [between Turkey and Greece],” Ozenginler said, adding that he has already received a number of enquiries about the advert.

“No one has agreed the demanded price so far but we will do our best for the sellers,” he said.


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  1. aleek said:

    Any idea if an Armenian diaspora organization would jump at the opportunity to buy it?

  2. Norin said:

    Someone should ask him what did happen to all those Armenians that “used to LIVE, here”? They all up and vanished ? Alien abduction perhaps? Did his grandparents have a hand in it?

  3. GB said:

    Smell of urine and human waste from this old Armenian Church, turn those potentially faithful, Allah lovers, away from this historical Church building!

  4. Saaten Maagar said:

    Why the Armenian church, who I presume is the original owner, can not file a lawsuit and stop the sale. Both Catolicos give lip service to church rights but when it comes to action, nothing. It is not important if the lawsuit is won or not the important thing is to file it and obstruct the process while bringing much needed publicity to our overall issues. There are still enough Armenians who will give money to the church blindly no matter what so it just is a matter of taking action and asking the public.

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