Starting in Istanbul, the small group (maximum 12 people) will fly to the ancient city of Van and enjoy a boat trip to Akdamar Island
. The itinerary also includes a visit to Edirne, and the chance to experience the unique healing properties of Sivas' thermal springs.
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).
Turkey has recently restored and preserved churches and cathedrals on the Ani Archaeological Site, Seljuk artifacts, the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island
and structures from the Byzantine era as part of a concerted effort to preserve historical sites.
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.