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  • From İstanbul to Ani

    İstanbul – Maçka, Trabzon – Van

    The multicultural heritage of Türkiye dates back thousands of years and bears witness to the continuous settlement of civilizations and people of different faiths. Local cultures merged through commercial routes and language, literature, music, architecture, and almost every aspect of culture.

    Following the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmet, Armenians from Anatolian villages settled in the town of Samatya within the domain of historical İstanbul. Many of İstanbul’s Armenian churches are found in this region that faces the Marmara Sea. The majority of the local Armenian population spread throughout the centuries across Central and Eastern Anatolia leaving behind a rich religious and cultural heritage. You can find the traces of the culture from İstanbul’s various churches to Kars in the ruins of the ancient city of Ani located in northeast Türkiye, 42 kilometers from the city of Kars, on a secluded triangular plateau, to Akdamar Church located on the Lake Van.

    • Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, Kumkapı
    • Surp Asdvadzadzin Patriarchal Church (Holy Mother of God Patriarchal Church), Kumkapı
    • Saint George of Samatya or Surp Kevork, Samatya
    • Sulu Manastır/Surp Asdvadzadzin)
    • St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Galata, Karaköy
    • Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Surp Hresdagabed Church), Balat
    • Surp Hovhan Vosgeperan Church - Taksim
    • Akdamar Church (Church of the Holy Cross), Akdamar Island, Van
    • Ruins of the ancient city of Ani
    • Mezes such as topik (Armenian appetizer)
    • Olive salad
    • Keşkek (cooked cracked wheat with pieces of lamb)
    • Pilaki (bean salad)
    • Trabzon ekmeği (Trabzon bread)
    • Trabzon tereyağı (Trabzon butter)
    • Doğu Ekspres (Eastern Express passanger train)
    • History of Ani