A Greek church dating back to Byzantine times, located in the Ayaklıalan district of Samsun in Turkey was recently looted by treasure hunters according to Hurriyet.
Samsun Church in Turkey
The Turkish site reports that the remains of the Christian church were looted due to illegal excavations.
“The roof of the church, which was built with the masonry system and whose roof has not survived, was also ruined due to excavations, and the frescoes on its walls have disappeared,” the newspaper reported. Turkish.
Local residents are angry that they have been asking for the restoration of the church for years. They believe that the monument is part of their city’s rich history and that it could have attracted thousands of visitors from around the world.
“I struggled to restore the church, but it didn’t happen. All the authorities know the situation here, so we demand that the church be repaired, ”said Tahsin Ay, the district chief of Ayaklıalan. Hurriet.
“A lot of visitors come to our village, especially during the summer months, and more people will come when this place is fixed. The Greeks used to come here a lot at the time. In fact, four octogenarian brothers came to our village, talked about their past life here, showed the location of their house and told us they had a great time, ”the local official told the newspaper. .
Samsun is a city on the northern coast of Turkey, in the ancient Bridge region, with a population of around 1.4 million. It is the provincial capital of Samsun province and a major port on the Black Sea.
The growing city has two universities, several hospitals, shopping centers, much of the light manufacturing industry, sports facilities and an opera house.
The current name of the city comes from its ancient Greek name of Amisós, by a reinterpretation of eís Amisón (meaning “to Amisós”) and “unta”, which is a Greek suffix for toponyms. Thus, according to experts, the Greek expression ”[eí]I am[p]s-únta ”(meaning“ to Amisos ”) gave rise to its present name, Samsun.