Zeytun : winter of 1906-1907

Zeytun : winter of 1906-1907

Zeytun in Decembre 1906. In the centre on top of the craggy hill is the old Zeytun Armenian fortress-mansion, known as the Surenian Qalé. It was built by an Armenian priest of Zeytun by the name of Der Emmanuel in 1815.

Vahé Achikian – Zeytun Collection

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Vahé Achikian

This photo of Zeytoun is taken in Decembre 1906 by Hugo Grothe – published in his book in 1909, Leipzig:” Geographische Charakterbilder von der Türkei und Vorderasien.” The high-perched fortress-mansion featured as the central piece of the photo was called Zeytun Qalesi or “Ihtiyor Surenoglu Konaghi = Sourenian Ishkhanatz Aparanke”, erected in 1815 and destroyed after 1921 , because of bombardment by Turkish forces in 1915 and in June 1921 for one reason and because of a tremor quake in 1925-1926 as a final blow leading to its collapse…