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 PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 6:43 pm    Post subject: Akhdamar Church in Ruins Reply with quote Back to top

>We call upon you to react and join all our efforts to save the world
>heritage from destruction.
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>You are kindly required to send your letters to Mr. Laurent Levi-Strauss
>(Deputy Director for the Division of Cultural Heritage, Chief of Section
>for Tangible Heritage, UNESCO, e-mail: l.levi-strauss@unesco.org) and
>Mr. Francis Childe (Senior Programme Specialist, Europe, Asia, Pacific,
>UNESCO, e-mail: f.childe@unesco.org) and to the AAE Brussels' Head
>Office (aae@euroarmenian.com).
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>Akdamar Church in Ruins
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>ZAMAN 05.14.2004, By Ahmet Ünal, Van
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>Link: http://www.zaman.com/?bl=culture
><http://www.zaman.com/?bl=culture&alt=&hn=8549> &alt=&hn=8549
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>Famous for its 10th century Church of the Holy Cross, the Akdamar Church
>on the island of Akdamar in Lake Van's is almost in ruins.
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>The church, which is visited by many foreign tourists, is worn out and
>close to ruins. The church has been neglected and harmed by treasure
>hunters and at risk of collapsing. Both its foundation and ceiling have
>cracks and holes.
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>The City of Van's Culture and Tourism Province Director, Bilal Sonmez,
>told Zaman that a project for the preservation of the historical
>identity of the church is already being prepared. Sonmez said that the
>issue has already been transferred to the Culture and Nature Assets
>Council and that the directorate is waiting for a decision.
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>Erdogan Acar, a tourist at the church, said that he was nervous to walk
>around inside the church because of its near ruined condition. He added,
>"We could prove that we are a great nation if we claim our historical
>heritage."
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>Akhtamar Chruch
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>The Church of Holly Cross, the Akhtamar Church is situated in Lake Van,
>Eastern Turkey. The Church was built during the reign of the King Gakik
>I of the Vaspurakan dynasty during the years 915 - 921 B.C. This is one
>of the finest jewels of Armenian architecture. In its design and
>conception of volumes and surfaces, this sanctuary is an intellectually
>original variation of the cruciform and central cupola'd churches of the
>high Middle Ages. The church has a four leaved clover plan with a domed
>center, and it is built from red colored cut tufa stone. All the
>interior walls and even the cupola are covered with beautiful frescoes,
>the best of which is the one painted on the high altar wall representing
>the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, sitting on a white ass.
>Because of its novel conception, its high reliefs and frescoes of rare
>artistic value.
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>Assembly of Armenians of Europe
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>Rue de Treves 10, 1050 Brussels
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>Tel: +32 2 647 08 01
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>Fax: +32 2 647 02 00
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