“Sanasaryan Khan” is one of the oldest Armenian buildings in Istanbul. It was built in 1881 by the Armenian merchant and philanthropist Mkrtich Sanasaryan.
Further the control of the building was transferred to the Sanasaryan Fund and the management of the Fund to the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople.
After a series of lawsuits, the building is now under the control of Turkey’s General Directorate of funds.
However, the Patriarchate of Constantinople does not accept this reality and the court case initiated several years ago is still in process.
However, the hopes of the Armenian side for a fair solution to the issue decreased after the lease of the building was put up for auction. The winning company immediately started construction work. In this regard, the opposition MP Mehmet Bekaroglu criticized the Minister of culture of Turkey Mehmet Ersoy for indifference shown in the process of restoration of historical buildings. The Deputy noted that a number of historical buildings were damaged during the restoration work.
The Minister responded to the criticism, also touching the theme of the “Sanasaryan Khan”. According to him, these violations against the building were carried out by the tenant, and they have nothing to do with it.
Recently, there were even rumors that the Armenian historical building could be operated as a hotel.