No Armenian Prayers in Kars
KARS, AUGUST 15, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. A number of Turkish
newspapers ("Hurriet", "Milliet" and some others) reported on August
15 that the imam of the city of Kars did not allow a group of tourists
from Armenia to light candles and hold a religious ceremony at the
Church of Twelve Apostles turned into a mosque. The Armenian Apostolic
Church was turned into a mosque in 1998 and called Qumpet Chamii. Imam
Mehmed Altun prohibited the Armenian tourists from lighting candles or
singing in the former church. According to the imam, such ceremonies
are not allowed in a mosque, the newapaper "Marmara" wrote. Later the
tourists intended to light candles in the garden of the former church,
but this time some locals intervened, preventing them from doing
so. The Armenian tourists had to interrupt their ceremony and leave.
Raffi's note: The church in question is the Cathedral in the photos on this page.