Turkish shepherd family protects Greek Orthodox Church for decades

A Turkish shepherd and his family’s protection of a Greek Orthodox church is saving it from looting and the weather.

The church in northern Turkey’s Giresun province used to serve a large community.

It was abandoned following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

The exchange involved about two million people (around 1.3 million Anatolian Greeks living in Turkey and 500,000 Muslims living in Greece).

Few people live in the area now.

“There were some other churches around but this one is the only one that stands still,” said Kemal Gürgenci, the head of the provincial and culture directorate.

Although the family cannot restore the building, they say the do their best to preserve and protect its beautiful interior and iconography

The church was built in the mid 1800’s.

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