EĞIL, Turkey — In Eğil District, located in Omid (Diyarbakır) Province, Turkey, the restoration of the 1,600-year-old cave church, situated within the ancient Asur castle, has commenced. This historical site, nestled in the mountains with a legacy spanning centuries, is undergoing renovation by the Turkish authorities, aiming to enhance its appeal for tourism.
The church, adorned with a multitude of intricately carved crosses on its walls, is part of a larger complex that includes a historic fortress and tombs of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) prophets. The proximity of the site to the Euphrates River adds to its significance, with the surrounding area harboring a wealth of artifacts.
Media reports suggest that the restoration project aims to attract tourists and visitors worldwide, anticipating an influx beginning in February 2024.
The restoration work is anticipated to conclude by 2027.