Kayseri

The team from the Hrant Dink Foundation undertook two research trips to Kayseri in the summer of 2015 –between June 9 and 20, and between September 1 and 9. The first trip, which was organized in collaboration with the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, consisted of two consecutive parts: During the first week, out of all the entries in the Kayseri section of the cultural heritage inventory prepared by the Hrant Dink Foundation's research team that were surveyed, were the ones that are closer to district centers or are relatively easily accessible. The team of the first week of the field work in June, 2015, comprises Tuna Başıbek, Vahakn Keshishian and Zeynep Oğuz from the Hrant Dink Foundation and Çağla Parlak from the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. With the help of local guides, 112 buildings were visited on site, photographed and identified with notes on their geographical, physical and social characteristics. During the second week, the team of experts from the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage was accompanied in their visits to the structures that were deemed to be in most urgent need of intervention.

After a period of assessing and evaluating the information that was gathered in the field, the Hrant Dink Foundation team took a second trip to Kayseri in September, 2015. The team of researchers who conducted the field work in September consists of Vahakn Keshishian and Zeynep Oğuz. During this second trip that involved visits to the buildings that lie outside of the district centers, main routes, and knowledge of local guides; districts and villages that had been home to Armenian and Greek communities were visited, even though there was no known historical trace of their public buildings. A total number of 69 sites that meet the criteria of the study were visited as part of the second field trip in September. Without the generosity of the local residents in sharing their experience and knowledge, it would have been impossible to locate these buildings in the less accessible and out of sight corners of Kayseri.

A list of buildings in Kayseri that belong to the non-Muslim communities had been put together from archival sources and secondary literature prior to the field work. The list comprising 344 entries was updated after the two field trips. 58 buildings were found in situ but could not be matched with entries in the list of buildings. These 58 buildings have been added to the list, and 13 buildings, which became evidently redundant or duplicates, have been removed. As a result, the total number of public buildings in the Hrant Dink Foundation’s cultural heritage inventory on Kayseri rose from 344 to 387. Of these 387 recorded Armenian and Greek public buildings, 181 have been visited in situ.