VAKIFLI, MUSA DAGH — Turkey’s first Armenian museum has been established in Vakifli, only Armenian village in Musa Dagh.

“We could not make the opening because of the coronavirus outbreak. As we have now entered the normalization phase, we are now opening the museum to visitors. We will make our official opening in the coming days,” said Cem Capar, the chairman of Vakifli Village Armenian Orthodox Church Foundation.

Stating that they have been working for the establishment of the Musa Dagh Museum for a long time, Capar said, “This museum has traces not only from the Armenian culture but also from the culture of all the peoples living in Anatolia.”

Vakifli village, which is a natural continuation of the Hidirbey Valley on the foothills of Musa Dagh, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and located 30 kilometers from the Yayladagi-Syria border, is known for being the only village of the dwindling community in the country and still maintains Armenian life and culture.

Local clothes, historical items and jewelry are exhibited in the Museum.

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  1. Vakifli Village of Hatay, Turkey
    Vakifli Village Armenian Othodox Church Foundation and Museum
    Mr. Cem Caspar, President

    Dear Mr. Caspar,

    I hope this letter finds you and your Vakilfi Village members in the best of health.

    I am the Director of “The Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble” for the past 27 years. All of our 8-14 conservatory graduate Armenian musicians have been performing traditional Armenian music across America and Armenia for the past 27 years.. I have been looking and collecting lost Armenian songs for last 45 years of our historic Western Armenian songs and folk dances, to bring back to America to perform in Armenian concerts and to record them on CDs

    I understand you have an Armenian village folk song book. Could you please copy these songs of your Village and surrounding Armenian villages and send them to me. I will be happy to pay for any expenses you make to copy song book Armenian songs.

    Thank you very much for your help. Best wishes for good health. I await your reply


    John Chookasian
    + 1 (559) 213-1909
    [email protected]

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