Mosque On 2nd Floor Over Church In Southern Turkish Province

May 25, 2010

Author: İsmihan Özgüven

Source: Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

In the southeastern province of Hatay, along the Syrian border, it is not unusual to see a mosque, a church and a synagogue all on the same street – or even right on top of each other.

In Yoğunoluk village, part of the province’s Samandağ district, for example, there is an Armenian church believed to have been built between 1633 and 1646 underneath a newer mosque that is open for religious services.

The area’s diverse religious heritage, along with its seaside and caves, gives Samandağ high tourism potential, district governor Tahsin Kurtbeyoğlu told the Anatolia news agency.