The Panagalti Armenian Cemetery

During the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century, a group of conspirators approached the sultan’s chef, Mannuk Karaseferian, with a plan to poison the sultan’s food. The chef reported the plot to the sultan. In return, the sultan offered Karaseferian a favor in return. The chef, an Armenian, asked for a place of burial for his people. Thus the Panagalti Armenian cemetery (1551-1939) came about. The cemetery was confiscated and razed by the Turkish government. Now it’s part of the Gezi Park, the site of hotels, apartment buildings, radio and TV centre and the locale where young people Erdogan’s plan to cut down the trees and transform the park into a shopping mall and an Ottoman-style military barracks.

During the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century, a group of conspirators approached the sultan’s chef, Mannuk Karaseferian, with a plan to poison the sultan’s food. The chef reported the plot to the sultan. In return, the sultan offered Karaseferian a favor in return. The chef, an Armenian, asked for a place of burial for his people. Thus the Panagalti Armenian cemetery (1551-1939) came about. The cemetery was confiscated and razed by the Turkish government. Now it’s part of the Gezi Park, the site of hotels, apartment buildings, radio and TV centre and the locale where young people Erdogan’s plan to cut down the trees and transform the park into a shopping mall and an Ottoman-style military barracks.

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