A historic Armenian building in Darende, Malatya has been destroyed, Ermenihaber.am reports, quoting the Turkish Sondakika website.
According to the source, the Mayor of Darende decided to dismantle all emergency and tumble-down buildings in the city.
The 200-year-old Armenian house known as “Demircilerin evi” (Blacksmiths house) has also been dismantled. The historic 20-room house had been empty for 20 years.
Its current owner Haci Ahmet Söylemez has said: “Our house was the oldest one in Darende. The doors and windows were made by Armenian woodworkers. It was a cultural heritage that was abandoned and then destroyed.”