Akhtamar

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Akhtamar

 

an island on Lake Van (now on Turkish territory); residence of the Armenian Artsrunid tsars (10th—11th centuries). A unique monument of Armenian medieval architecture—the Church of the Holy Cross (915–921; architect, Manuel), which is decorated with frescoes and elegant stone carvings (reliefs on secular and biblical subjects, with ornamentation in the form of animals and plants)—and ruins of a tenth-century port have been preserved.

REFERENCES

Arutiunian, V. M., and S. A. Safarian. Pamiatniki armianskogo zodchestva. Moscow, 1951. Pages 49–50.
Der Nersessian, S. Aght’amar: Church of the Holy Cross. Cambridge, Mass., 1965.
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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Armenian Church located on Akdamar Island in eastern Turkey's Lake Van was reportedly included on Friday in the intangible cultural heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
September 11 2011 (TUR) -- A religious ceremony began at the Akdamar Church, located on Akdamar island in Lake Van, on Sunday morning.
While the 2012 progress report points to developments such as the Sacred Mass for the death of Theotokos held at SE-mela Monastery and the mass held at the Armenian Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross on Van Lake's Akdamar Island, as positive developments marking "respect for freedom of worship," the report underscores that Alevi cemevleri have not been awarded official status as places of worship, and that in general, there has been little to no movement in regards to fulfilling requests made by Alevis with regards to rights.
September 11 2011 (TUR) -- A religious ceremony ended at the Akdamar Church, located on Akdamar island in Lake Van, on Sunday.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Officials have said the restoration of a 10th-century Armenian church located on Akdamar Island in eastern Turkey's Lake Van is about to be completed.
Turkey accepted German people's demand on performing worship in a church in Tarsus, Sumela Monastery hosted a historic mass and the church on Akdamar Island in Lake Van also hosted a service after it was restored, he said.
Crossing to Akdamar Island on boats, they arrived at the church to attend the service, which was organized by the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey and led by Archbishop Khajag Barsamyan.
Minister Bagis gave religious ceremonies at the Sumela Monastery in northern province of Trabzon and Akdamar Island in the eastern province of Van, and return of orphanage at Istanbul's Buyukada to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate as examples to Turkey's initiatives.
The Armenian Church located on Akdamar Island in Lake Van in Turkey's Van province was opened to worshippers for a single day.
Armenians who attended the religious ceremony at the historical church on the Akdamar island in the eastern province of Van despite all calls from the Armenian diaspora, thanked Turkey.
A religious ceremony took place for the first time after 95 years in Surp Hac (Holy Cross) Church in Akdamar Island in the eastern province of Van.
Turkey has taken another historic step and allowed a religious ceremony at an Armenian church in Akdamar island in the eastern province of Van.