Historical Armenian Church in Bitlis used as haystack
Located in Değirmenaltı Village of Bitlis and has a history of about 400 years. St. Hananiah church is now used as a haystack.
The church, which was registered in 1993 by the Regional Board for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage of Diyarbakır and has a monumental architectural view, is home to the 15th century monumental works and ornaments. Most of the monumental artifacts in the church continue to be sound. It is known that the process of construction of the church consists of two stages and the first stage took place in the 6th or 7th century. There are cross motifs on the monumental works, while the ornaments draw attention.
Burhan Gündoğdu who is graduated from Erzurum Atatürk University Faculty of Fine Arts with a master’s degree stated that he discovered St. Hananiah Church with a group of friends while they were taking nature photographs in the area.
Emphasizing that he was very impressed with the photographs of the church, Gündoğdu said that the embroideries belong to the early period of Christianity. While the place where the church is located is in a private land, the restoration of the church must start as soon as possible, as Gündoğdu said.