700-Year-Old Virgin Mary Orthodox Church Destroyed in Earthquake
The Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary, located in Hatay and known to be about 700 years old, was destroyed by the earthquake. The bell tower of the destroyed church remained standing. It was learned that the church was restored in 2020. The church destroyed in the earthquake was viewed from the air.
The Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary, which is located in Hatay Antakya Tokacli village and whose history is estimated to be about 700 years, was destroyed in the earthquake with the effect of the earthquake that occurred in Kahramanmaras Pazarcık district. It was seen that the bell tower of the church, which was destroyed in the earthquake, remained standing. It was learned that the church was restored in 2020. On the other hand, the wreckage of the church was viewed from the air.
“Our church was restored 3 years ago, but unfortunately the earthquake was very severe”
Virgin Mary Orthodox Church Priest Musa Papaz said, “Our church has a history of 700 years, about 100 families live in this village. Our church was restored 3 years ago, but unfortunately the earthquake was very severe and the church was destroyed. Some of our houses were destroyed, but thank God there was no loss of life. The history of our church is very old, about 700 years old. Our grandfathers built this church by carrying stones on mules from the mountains opposite. Some of our valuables are under the rubble, we ask the authorities to help with this. Since our church is considered a historical monument, we cannot intervene.”