Vulnerability screening by visual inspection of churches of North-East Anatolia

Korkmaz A., Toker S., Hastemoglu H.

6th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Construction, Bath, United Kingdom, 2 - 04 July 2008, pp.1303-1305 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Bath
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Page Numbers: pp.1303-1305


The aim of this study is to detect historical churches in north-eastern region of Anatolia and to perform a visual inspection regarding their structural conditions. A group of churches, which are located in the north-eastern region of Anatolia, are investigated in a field trip. Due to the important historical works of art and architecture, the north-eastern part of Anatolia offer a priceless treasure with the traces of Byzantine, Roman, and Pontus Empires. Reflecting the architectural features of the century, an important number of churches were built in different centuries. Some of these churches still serve for different purposes, while some other are severely destroyed. Today, none of these churches are used for worshipping. On the other hand, these churches are among the most important means to reveal the cultural heritage. It is very important to protect these buildings to provide the link between the past and the upcoming generations. Any process related to the protection of a structure starts with a detailed diagnosis. But when an important number of structures are in question, it might take considerable time and energy to perform a detailed diagnosis for all. Besides, it might not be possible to save all of them at once. Under these circumstances, a visual inspection would be good start to determine the condition of these churches to take the necessary precautions and to per-form the most appropriate process in the further steps.