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Armenian church in Turkey rings bell for first time in nearly 100 years

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Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2013-04-01

Despite no priest being available to hold a mass, worshipers gathered at the recently restored Surp Giragos Armenian Church in eastern Turkey on Easter Sunday to pray and listen to the church's bell ring out for the first time in 98 years.

The Armenian community has rung the bells of Diyarbakır’s Surp Giragos Armenian Church for the first time in 98 years to celebrate the Easter holiday, but failed to hold a proper mass due to a lack of priests to take part, Doğan news ageny reported yesterday.

The church had been out of service for almost a century now, and was recently restored with a $3,200,000 budget before it was re-opened. The community visited the grounds yesterday, Easter Sunday. The bronze bell, which was built in Russia, was rung for the first time in almost a century.

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Date created : 2013-04-01

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