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The Demolition of Saint Thekla

Postby Hermes » Sat May 07, 2011 7:24 pm

Cultural vandalism continues in the north:

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Reactions against the demolition of Saint Thekla chapel in occupied Vokolida area and the construction of a mosque next to the church of occupied Thermia village continue in the Turkish Cypriot press today (06.05.11).

Under the title "Disrespect to history", daily Kibris publishes a picture of the chapel before its demolition and a picture of the place after the demolition. The paper reports that the chapel was not a monument, but its demolition is a crime. Hasan Tekel, responsible of the "antiquities and museums' department" in occupied Famagusta area, told the paper that the eastern part of the chapel was the most sacred and special from architectural point of view. He said the church had not been seriously damaged after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and that no danger existed that it would collapse.

Referring to the issue, Resat Akar, director of Kibris Media Group, writes, inter alia, the following in his daily column in Kibris under the title "Respect to history and the humankind": "We see what is happening in a country where no control exists. They destroyed Saint Thekla chapel, which had a 200-year long history, because they will create the Noah's Ark [Tr. Note: A hotel that will be built in occupied Vokolida area]. When you have power, you can do everything in this country now? All patriots can celebrate now. We destroyed another historical monument of the Greek Cypriots. Could it be a biggest joy than this?

While we are referring to historical monuments, I want to pass to the issue of Thermia village. The muhtar [Tr. Note: headman] of the village conveyed to Evkaf [Religious Foundation] the request of the people of the village to have a mosque. The Foundation indicated a land as a response to this request. Go and build a mosque next to the church! If a day comes when the bell of the church starts to ring again, put four microphones to overbear it! For goodness sake, could such things happen? We left many mosques in the south. No one saw or heard that a church has been built next to any of them. Then, why we consider the others' culture as having no importance?..."

Furthermore, daily Yeni Duzen (06.05.11) also publishes a picture of the Saint Thekla chapel before its demolition and another picture of the place after the demolition. The paper reports that archaeologist Tuncer Bagiskan, former "deputy director of the antiquities department", has said that the demolition of the chapel "is closely related to the issue of Turkifying and Islamizing Cyprus".

Finally, daily Havadis (06.05.11) reports that the demolition of Saint Thekla chapel has become an international problem and that the Greek Cypriots will carry the issue to Brussels. The paper publishes statements by Gurel Inan, coordinator of the Noah's Ark Hotel, who said that they are ready to make up for the damage. He noted that they are considering of building a similar chapel.


http://www.hri.org/news/cyprus/tcpr/201 ... .tcpr.html
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Postby bill cobbett » Sat May 07, 2011 8:53 pm

Gawd!... First reaction is to praise those CYs living in the Occupied Areas for condemning these acts, and then to condemn the Illegal regime for allowing these things to happen, but then again it's all part of the very unsavoury ethnic cleansing and corruption that goes goes on.

Doubtless members of the Illegal Regime have had their palms greased by Turkish Businessmen, one of who laughably says they will build a new chapel, to replace the irreplaceable.
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Postby Viewpoint » Sat May 07, 2011 9:01 pm

Terrible incident the company should be heavily fined and made to rebuild the chapel.
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Postby bill cobbett » Sat May 07, 2011 9:07 pm

Viewpoint wrote:Terrible incident the company should be heavily fined and made to rebuild the chapel.


very good of you to say so VP... if you don't mind my saying. Very much in keeping with the views am hearing from other CYs suffering under the Turkish Occupation.
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Postby halil » Sat May 07, 2011 9:11 pm

Viewpoint wrote:Terrible incident the company should be heavily fined and made to rebuild the chapel.


I am strongly condemn this action.....damage is already done VP. so by rebuilding does not have any meaning at all now .

have a look how funny we are now..... realy were they sleeping before....

we have a word VP '' Goca gari sikisdikden sonra kapıya mandal goymak neye yarar ? ''

The Prime Minister’s Office has released a press statement, announcing that the collapsed Chapel of Saint Thekli in the Bafra region will be reconstructed.

It said the Department of Antiquities and Museums was given the instructions for the Chapel’s reconstruction, similar to its original structure.

The statement said the destruction of the historic chapel has been a significant loss to cultural heritage of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, noting that legal process is launched for those responsible for the destruction.

The Prime Ministry stated that during the reconstruction of the Saint Thekli Chapel, its original materials will be used as much as possible and that the original architectural details will be protected.

It reminded of the fact that all churches, chapels and fields owned by the church within the TRNC territory are under protection.

Meanwhile, touching upon the issue at an event, Prime Minister İrsen Küçük said that preparations for the reconstruction of the Chapel are underway.

http://www.brtk.net/index.php?option=co ... &Itemid=28
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Postby Viewpoint » Sat May 07, 2011 9:13 pm

bill cobbett wrote:
Viewpoint wrote:Terrible incident the company should be heavily fined and made to rebuild the chapel.


very good of you to say so VP... if you don't mind my saying. Very much in keeping with the views am hearing from other CYs suffering under the Turkish Occupation.


Suffering? this was a private companys incompetence and lack of respect.
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Postby yialousa1971 » Sat May 07, 2011 9:15 pm

This what Turks have been doing ever since they came from Asia, it's called "Ethnic cleansing".
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Postby Viewpoint » Sat May 07, 2011 9:17 pm

yialousa1971 wrote:This what Turks have been doing ever since they came from Asia, it's called "Ethnic cleansing".


No its called in your case losing the war.
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Postby bill cobbett » Sat May 07, 2011 9:20 pm

Viewpoint wrote:
bill cobbett wrote:
Viewpoint wrote:Terrible incident the company should be heavily fined and made to rebuild the chapel.


very good of you to say so VP... if you don't mind my saying. Very much in keeping with the views am hearing from other CYs suffering under the Turkish Occupation.


Suffering? this was a private companys incompetence and lack of respect.


Erm ... isn't the word "suffering" one that's used to describe matters in the Occupied Areas VP?

... whilst being respectful of your own personal feelings on the matter, wouldn't you agree that it's inconceivable that a private Turkish Company would come along and apply to build a hotel on the site without the building permission of the Illegal Regime... or are the Stolen Areas some kind of Lawless Wild West???
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Postby Viewpoint » Sat May 07, 2011 9:25 pm

You obviously have not seen the size of the investment, they are a large company from Turkey who have all the relevant building permits from the TRNC, the incident is very unfortunate and should be fined and made to restore the building back to it original state.
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