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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Akhtamar Church was saved at the last minute thanks to great efforts by author YaE-ar Kemal.
It is a remarkable development that in the festival held in Los Angeles, Akhtamar Church was selected as the historic landmark that represents the city of Van, Deputy Patriarch Archbishop Aram AteE-yan, as the guest of honor, was able to deliver a touching speech there and that such an environment was created in the first place.
The Armenian Church has said it would not participate in a mass scheduled for September 19 at an ancient Armenian church on Akhtamar Island in Lake Van.
Located on the island of Akhtamar in eastern Turkey's Lake Van, Ankara hopes the highly publicized renovation of its country's best known Armenian ecclesiastical building will improve tense relations with Europe, the United States and neighboring Armenia.
Behind and slightly to the right of McDonald's in a spacious shopping center on Parthenia Street, the green-themed restaurant was for many years the home of Akhtamar, an Armenian restaurant.
A few miles to the west of Khorkom was the island of Akhtamar, with its famous tenth-century church, which Gorky later praised as "that jewel established in our crown of beauty.
At Akhtamar it occurred to me that the exuberant sculptures of human, animal, and plant forms that covered the church's exterior walls were not so far from biomorphic Surrealism, and the frescoes on the interior, with their bristling wings and great staring eyes, spoke eloquently of the equivalence of medieval and Modernist pictorial space.
In North Hills, where for a long time Akhtamar reigned at 16912 Parthenia St.
The Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on the island of Akhtamar that also that sat on the festival grounds, amazingly realistic from the inside and the outside even at two-fifths of its actual size, was one of the most visited places at the festival.
The giant replicas of the Trojan Horse, the Nimroud Ruins, the Fountain of Ahmet the Third, the Rumi Museum, the Maiden's Tower, the Akhtamar Church, the Grand Bazr, the Ephesus Theater, the House of the Virgin Mary and other landmarks were constructed in order to better portray the Anatolian civilizations and history.