Another Armenian Church Vandalized in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (— Another Armenian church in Istanbul, Turkey, has been vandalized with anti-Armenian graffiti, the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople said on Facebook.

Unknown perpetrators have spray painted hate graffiti in English and Arabic on the exterior wall of the Surp Hreshdagabet Armenian Church in the neighborhood of Balat.

The local council members reported Archbishop Aram Ateshian on the case of vandalism. The council also informed the security authorities on the incident.

This is not the first incident, in which Armenian institutions have been the target of graffiti and vandalism in Istanbul in recent years.

Recently, the walls of the Armenian Surb Astvatsatsin Church in Istanbul’s Zeinlink district were vandalized with hate graffiti.

In April 2018 photos of graffiti reading “This homeland is ours” spray-painted on the exterior wall of the Armenian Surp Takavor Church and a pile of trash dumped in front of the church’s door began circulating on social media and various Turkish news outlets.

In 2016, the exterior walls of the Bomonti Mkhitarian Armenian School of Istanbul were vandalized with anti-Armenian graffiti reading “One night, we suddenly will be in Karabakh.”


  1. A typical coward Turkish behavior. Hit and run. Show your faces gutless worms. AND oh yeah, “One night, you suddenly will be in Karabakh” and we will be waiting for you with graves dug up for you ahead of time! Come and experience Armenian hospitality for Turkish scumbags like you! But you don’t have the guts. Dogs bark the loudest in their backyards!

  2. Let America, western countries, Christians nations and whole world condemned the Tukish hatred idiology toward not only Armenins and Armenia but they have this hatred ideology toward all Christians that is the core prinsiple of ISIS.

  3. Fat chance that America will condemn Turkish hatred; they won’t even acknowledge the Armenian genocide. The Western Powers should never have given back Constantinople to the Turks after they had secured it in WWI especially after the genocide and the ethnic cleansing of Anatolia by the Turks, which followed in the years after WWI, essentially eliminating Anatolia of its Greek Orthodox inhabitants, even though it had been their homeland for thousands of years. Rather they should have made it an international city and safe refuge to Orthodox Christians of the world, which have been and still are today one of the most persecuted religious groups.

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