Those Erzurum transformed churches

January 31 2018 at 3:40 AM

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I know that some Russian tour guides have been presenting these structures as converted churches but they are not - they always were what they currently are - a medrese (the Chifte Minare Medresesi) and a mosque (the citadel mosque) - and they are (ignoring recent Turkish over restorations at the medrese) structurally unchanged from their original forms. Both are orientated north-south, not east-west. Whatever existed before these buildings were constructed is unknown - so although it is possible that they were built on the locations of destroyed churches, it would be just speculation. The only surviving church in the urban center of Erzurum is the "Iron Market church", a former Greek church now converted to a mosque.

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