The St. Mary’s Armenian Church, which is located in the Turkish city of Kaiser, will turn into a library.
The Turkish Hurriyet reports that the church used to serve as a gallery and later as a gym and was also a police division. The Turkish government has allocated 6 million Turkish liras (approximately $1,600,000) to renovate the church before the opening of the library.
Touching upon the decision on turning the church into a library, Mayor of Kaiser Mustafa Celik stated that a library would be more appropriate. According to him, the library will feature 50,000 books and will become the city’s central library. A bookstore-café will also open in a section of the church.
The library is set to open after reconstruction in the fall of 2017.
The website reports that the date of construction of the church is unknown since there is no record of the church.