Akhtamar Church Opens in New York Photo Exhibition of the Cross of the Church
7.11.2019 | 0:14 ***
A photo exhibition of the Church of the Holy Cross on Akhtamar Island in New York opened in New York as part of the Hidden Monuments of Anatolia (Western Armenia) project within the Turkish Presidential Administration.
Turkish Consul in New York Alper Aktash, K. Sarkozy attended an exhibition in Manhattan, New York. Deputy Patriarch of Constantinople Sahak Mashalyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Istanbul Spasskaya Hospital of Istanbul Petros Shirinoglu, Representative of National Minority Funds in Turkey Moris Levy, President of Assyrian Church Funds Sait Sush, Representative of the Armenian Orthodox Church in Turkey
A film about the Akhtamar Church of the Holy Cross was shown at the opening of the exhibition. The Deputy Patriarch of the Bishop of Constantinople, Saak, delivered a speech at the event.
Mashalyan expressed satisfaction that the Turkish Presidential Administration has shown interest in the Church of the Holy Cross and other historical and cultural structures.
“Since the opening of the church, this monument has been warmly received from all over the world, including Armenia and Turkey. This is a cultural initiative to overcome difficulties between the Turkish and Armenian peoples, as well as a bridge based on goodwill for a better future and mutual understanding, ”Mashalyan said.
According to him, the Akhtamar Church of the Holy Cross can become the cradle of the world and has special potential for its implementation.
Mashalyan thanked the Turkish photographer Izzet Keribari, who immortalized the image of the Church of the Holy Cross.
It is noted that 88 photographs of Akhtamar Island and the Church of the Holy Cross were presented at the exhibition.
Recall that the Church of the Holy Cross, which has historical significance for the Armenian people, was restored in 2010 with the financing of the Turkish government and opened as a museum. After the repair of the church, the Armenian community is allowed to hold a liturgy there once a year.
The Church of the Holy Cross was built in 915-921. Architect Manvel on the orders of King Gaspik of Vaspurakan I.
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