Turkish MP points to desecration of abandoned Orthodox Church Pontos region
Argyroupolis is today known as Gumushene in Turkish.
Paylan stated that “…the church has managed to stand the test of time, but in recent years the frescoes that adorn the walls of the church have been literally destroyed. The tombs around the church have been looted by treasure hunters. The catastrophe – to which even the residents are reacting to – is obvious and does not honor either the historical or the cultural heritage of the country,” the HDP party deputy noted.
He added that this type of behavior is encouraged by the Turkish government’s rhetoric against non-Muslims.