Completed Projects

Mush: Architectural Heritage at Risk

The “Mush: Architectural Heritage at Risk” study brought conservation experts from Armenia and Turkey together in workshops and fieldworks that took place in 2014 and 2022 as part of a long-term research project investigating different time periods. 10 experts each joined the study from Turkey and Armenia.

This international group of multidisciplinary experts assessed historic structures located in the Province of Mush on site by via a partnership between Anadolu Kültür and the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. They documented 28 historic structures/sites that exemplify the cultural fabric of Mush and face the greatest risk during fieldworks that took place in 20-25 October 2014 and 23-30 April 2022. The historic buildings’ current conditions and deteriorations were part of the documentation in addition to their physical surroundings. This information was compiled in reports along with settlement histories, building histories, architectural analyses, legal status, risk assessments, and potential future scenarios.

Our goal was to deliver this cultural heritage, which was created by Armenians and remained active for centuries without interruptions, to its audience and owners. This book, entitled “Mush: Architectural Heritage at Risk”, includes the assessments resulting from workshops, meetings, and fieldworks by conservation experts from Armenia and Turkey. It is published in Turkish and Armenian in addition to English. We hope that it will thus increase awareness of the importance of Mush as part of Anatolia’s multi-layered and rich cultural heritage as well as contribute to the recognition of the public significance of these structures.

You can reach our publication, which includes the findings of field studies from the Publications section our website.

Project Partner: Anadolu Kültür

Funder: The project has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union within the framework of the programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process: Stage 3”

Project Coordinator: Mustafa Akçaöz


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