The decision provoked surprising anger in a city notorious for its ultra-nationalist views. “It’s about erasing the Christian past, reviving Ottomanism,” says a local historian. “There are enough mosques in Trabzon, half of them empty, what was the need?” chimes in Zeki Bakar, a neighbourhood councillor. A lawsuit has been brought to undo the conversion.
Update 8/15/13: Here is another good article about the conversion of the church in Trabzon.
i read about this at the time,seems to have gone under the radar of most coservationists but thanks for bringing it up.it is a disgrace but this is nothing new from turkey,just look at what they did to northern cyprus.an organised campaign to erase not only christian places of worship but all traces of hellenism.
Further to Kyri's comments, here is an earlier post about destruction of churches in Cyprus: http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2008/07/sad-story-from-cyprus.html
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