oshki monastery - stolen pillar - georgian church ruin (turkey)

Oshki Monastery - Barely standing ruin of a Georgian Church (Turkey)

Looks like someone stole the ancient pillar and replaced it by a tree trunk! Or maybe the old column became unsafe /­ cracked and they replaced it with that trunk.­ I'm not sure this piece of wood will resist and hold the heavy stone construction for very long.­ They should definitely replace it with either steel or a concrete column, or better, a new stone pillar.­

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Çamlıyamaç Köyü Yolu, Çamlıyamaç/Erzurum, Turkey

Photos of the ruins of old Georgian Churches and Monasteries located in North-Eastern Turkey.­

This region of Turkey used to be part of ancient Georgia, and those magnificent churches and Monasteries were built around the 10th century.­

Turkey does very little to preserve them because most Turkish people don't have much respect for old Christian ruins.­

The old monuments are now used to shelter farm animals.­ Most of the ruins are rapidly degrading.­

One of them that still has a roof is being used as Mosque.­

Some of those ruins are in isolated, hard to reach areas, sometimes far away for villages.­

For a lot of information about the Georgian churches of the Çoruh Valley in Turkey, go to: www.­choruh.­com/­en/­tarih/­kiliseler

Photos of Turkey (the country).­