After 80 years, the right to ownership of the territory of the historic Armenian cemetery costing 700 million Turkish lira (nearly USD 286 million) in Istanbul’s Shishli district has been returned to the foundation of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Beyoglu, as “Armenpress” reports, according to the Turkish Vatan.
The historic Armenian cemetery occupies 41,950 square meters. The foundation of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church had addressed the General Department for Funds and Foundations for the return of the Gregoryan Armenian Cemetery of Shishli in 2011. Representative of the Armenian foundation Simon Cekem mentioned that the Istanbul-Armenians were very pleased with the decision.
Although the Armenians didn’t have the ownership documents with them, to this day, representatives of the Armenian community have been buried at this cemetery. In 2012, Turkey’s General Department for Funds and Foundations returned the 40,500 square meter cemetery belonging to the Armenian Catholics to the foundation of the St. Hakob Hospital, and another territory occupying 42,000 square meters, including the stadium of Zeytinburnu, was returned to the foundation of the Holy Savior Armenian Hospital.