The Armenian Saint Holy Mather of God Church located in Kayseri city of Turkey is planned to serve as library. Referring to Hurriyet newspaper report, Ermenihaber writes that the church has previously served as an exhibition hall, then a kindergarten and finally – a police station. The source informs the Turkish government has allocated some 6 million liras (USD 1, 600 billion) for renovation works before the building will open its doors as a public library.
Kayseri Mayor Mustafa Chelik has noted the decision to turn the church into library appears to be the most optimal, considering the designation of the structure. Apart from it, the report says a café is planned to operate adjacent to the library.
The opening of the building is scheduled for Autumn 2017, once the renovations works are completed.
Citing lack of relevant documents, the Turkish source indicates no date the church was built, noting the architectural solutions of the structure clearly reveal its Armenian origin.