Historic Armenian house in Malatya dismantled

A historic Armenian building in Darende, Malatya has been destroyed, 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.”

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