The church was built by Russians during their occupation of Erzurum following the Ottoman-Russian war in 1877 from 1885 to 1890.
Tivnikli was one of the key figures behind developing Turkey's participation banking infrastructure and was also the vice chairman of the board of directors of Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on Turks to convert their dollar and euro savings into lira, during a rally in Erzurum city, as Ankara vows action against speculative attacks amid the recent volatility in foreign exchange rates.
The 826-km (513-mile) railway project connecting Baku with Turkey's northeastern Kars province via Tbilisi was launched in 2007 and construction began in 2008.
At least four security personnel have been killed in separate incidents as tensions are on the rise after the arrest of Diyarbakir's co-mayors earlier this week.
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