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Historic mansion of Armenian benefactor half-ruined (photos)

13:17, 01.06.2012 Region: Diaspora, Turkey Theme: Society, Culture

Turkish businessman Necip Dincer, who had purchased the mansion of Armenian philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian, has not launched renovation yet (photos).

A group of Armenian and Turkish journalists visited the mansion located in Turkey’s Kayseri.

One of four Armenians living in Kayseri Sarkis Tekeyian led the group to the house belonging to famous philontropist.

One of the mansions was dismantled, while the other was purchased by Turkish businessman who promised to restore it and turn into a hotel to promote tourism in the province.

Earlier the entrepreneur said that he had purchased a mansion of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian from a family living in Istanbul. The repair works are estimated at $600,000, he added.

Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian was born in 1869, studied in England. In 1898 Gyulbenkyan was appointed adviser on economic affairs in the Ottoman embassies in London and Paris. He also was president of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).

The first Armenian billionaire never forgot about his roots and supported the Diaspora Armenians. Many Armenians around the globe receive secondary and higher education getting scholarships from his fund.

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