An Antakya Antiquities Dealer Is Resolved To Stay Put After The Earthquake

An Antakya Antiquities Dealer Is Resolved To Stay Put After The Earthquake- Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” plays over a shattered neighborhood of Antakya, Turkey, where few residents remain after a severe earthquake nearly a month ago.

Mehmet Serkan Sincan, an antique trader who stayed put, set up his items on the street and played music for passersby, exactly as he did before the earthquake.

A print of Salvador Dali’s melting clocks and tapestries of a big mosque and Jesus bringing a flock of sheep to water adorned his damaged shop outside.

Old magazines, Turkish flags, and a mosaic image of Ataturk were nearby.

50-year-old Sincan, who lost friends and neighbors in the disaster, said setting up the display, as usual, was an effort to retain some normalcy in the community.

An Antakya Antiquities Dealer Is Resolved To Stay Put After The Earthquake

“Even before the earthquake, these chairs were outside, I had goods outside to indicate we ran an antique shop. This is our typical life… “We’re back to normal,” he remarked. “We’re content.”

Soldiers, police, and emergency workers now dominate tourist-filled streets.

Engineers found just plasterwork and a few non-load-bearing walls damaged in Sincan’s ancient store.

But, thousands of antiques he had collected were damaged.

Vases, teacups, saucers, and other tableware were jerked from cupboards, and shattered multicolored glass and broken stone scattered the floor along with silverware, a candelabra, and splintered wooden furniture.

Sincan salvaged a portrait of his father, a comical Albert Einstein with his tongue out, and a faded Mona Lisa.

A wall collapsed on his Turkish antique glassware in one room.

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“I saved a piece, the rest is beneath there and I don’t think it’s broken. “God willing, a couple more glasses will come out when we tidy up here,” he remarked.
Several of the city’s ancient churches and mosques were destroyed in the earthquake.

Sincan said he took up the five-times-a-day Muslim call to prayer when the imams fled.

“I can’t hear the prayers. “It hurt me,” he remarked.

He shouts prayers from a patio above the street several times a day.

Turks honor it. “We say the flag doesn’t go down and the Adhans don’t stop,” he said.

Sincan, who sells ancient objects, said he viewed the earthquake’s devastation historically.

Throughout the past 2,000 years, earthquakes and conquest have damaged or destroyed Antakya, once Antioch.

Sincan believed the city would recover.

The 6.5th time Antakya fell. God willing, we’ll rebuild it seven times.”

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