Edited by

Vahakn Keshishian, Koray Löker, Mehmet Polatel


Turkish, English


Sevan Değirmenciyan, Yağmur Ertekin, Betül Kadıoğlu, Nazife Kosukoğlu, Zeynep Oğuz

1st edition - September 2018
143 Pages

This book reveals the cultural plurality of Develi by tracing the Armenian's community's cultural heritage and history. Located in the foothills of Mount Erciyes, home of the two Armenian villages Everej and Fenese, Develi's historic importance can only be grasped within a multicultural contect.

The content of the book is formed by research carried out by the Hrant Dink Foundation between 2016 and 2018. Trying to have a holistic view, we put together the knowledge we gathered during the two periods of fieldwork in Develi natives in Istanbul and abroad, and research on the literature, especially from Armenian sources.

After almost three years of research, this book presents the several hundred years' changing history and the 2018 situation of Develi's Armenian life and cultural heritage.

Book name
Develi with Its Armenian Cultural Heritage
Ermeni Kültür Varlıklarıyla Develi
230 mm
310 mm
600 gr
1st edition - September 2018
Turkish, English
Edited by
Vahakn Keshishian, Koray Löker, Mehmet Polatel
Sevan Değirmenciyan, Yağmur Ertekin, Betül Kadıoğlu, Nazife Kosukoğlu, Zeynep Oğuz
English proofreading
Sarah Atkinson, Jeff Huge Turner
Project coordinators
Lebriz İsvan, Nagehan Uskan
Book and cover design
Sera Dink
Graphics application
Elif Rifat Türkay
Front cover photo
Gereme Ruins
Front flap photo
Develi Armenians, 1940
Back flap photo
Yalçın family house, 2017
Color separation and printing 
Mas Matbaacılık
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I - A Tale of Twin Towers: Everek and Fenese
    • Political Developments
  • Chapter II - History of Everek
    • Foreword
    • History of Everek
    • Why the district of Everek is called Develi?
    • How was Everek founded?
    • Hormınots
    • Fenese
    • Borders of Everek
    • Mount Erciyes and Mount Haç [Cross]
    • İlibe Neighborhood 
    • Elbiz Öreni [Ruins]
    • Bılısd
    • Ged [The Vakıf Fountain]
    • Koçhumbar
    • The Monastery Area [The Venk Fountain]
    • The Cemetery
    • Fenese Cemetery
    • Tomarza
    • Sacrifice
    • Sacrifice among the People of Fenese
    • Sacrifice among the People of Tomarza
    • The first ruler of Everek: Hacı Yeghia Family
    • Ğarac Ören (Ğaraca Viran) Village
    • Çomaklu Village
    • Farsakyans
    • Servant Serbest
    • Der Vartan
    • İnce Su [Narrow Water] Village
    • Taşhan [Narrow Inn] Village
    • Müsteşar Çiftiği [Counselor's Farm]
    • Cücün Village
    • Tomarza Monastery of Surp Asdvadzadzin
    • Hacı Artin of the Ghuzlar Family and Chorbaji Hacı Hovhannes
    • What were the occupations of our ancestors?
    • Trade
    • Everek School
    • Fenese School
    • Beadles
    • Chandlers
    • Fountains of Everek
    • Sallanbaş Hagop Agha
    • Köse Kavak [Bald Polar] Fountain
    • Tekir Water
    • Climate
    • The Charity Unit
  • Chapter III - Armenians in Develi during the Republican Period
    • The Armenian Population and cultural heritage in Develi in the post-war era
    • Social, economic and religious life
    • Migration from Develi
  • Chapter IV - A cultural heritage reuse case: An Armenian house in Develi
    • The architecture of the house
    • The rooms in the house
    • Working in the house
    • Living in the house
    • Neighbors and guests
    • Food in the house
    • Fasting and holidays in the house
    • Reuse of the house
  • Bibliography
  • Index