It is simply impossible to ignore the fact that this is a divided city. Streets are closed off with barbed wire and old drums filled with sand. Entire blocks have been abandoned to create a buffer zone between the two sides. It is with this in mind that I found the restoration of the Arminian church and Monastery to be a hopeful sign. It is hopeful, because this church is on the Turkish side of the border. The restoration is continuing with funding coming, at least in part, from the United States. The church itself was free to enter, and worth a visit, if only to reinforce the importance of symbols like this.
Points of interest
This church is being restored, in part, with funds from the US.