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Armenians Hold Third Religious Service At Akdamar Church

Armenians Hold Third Religious Service At Akdamar Church

09.09.2012 19:49

Armenians from around the world flocked to the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on the island of Akdamar in the eastern province of Van on Sunday, lighting candles and praying for victims killed by last year's earthquake in Van and for Syrians...

Armenians from around the world flocked to the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on the island of Akdamar in the eastern province of Van on Sunday, lighting candles and praying for victims killed by last year's earthquake in Van and for Syrians killed during clashes in their country.



Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, together with other religious representatives and almost 2,000 Armenians, arrived at the Akdamar port in Van's Gevaş district in the early hours of Sunday. 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.



During the service, prayers were held, in particular for those killed by two major earthquakes that occurred in the province in late 2011 and also for Syrians killed during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition groups.



Dozens of security units, a 40-person medical unit, a helicopter and four ambulances were kept ready near the church in case of any emergency.



After the two-hour service, the attendees left the church and sang hymns with the Armenians outside the building.



Hymns and prayers resonated on Akdamar Island in 2010, 95 years after religious services ceased in the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, which occupies a special place in medieval Armenian art and architecture and is a jewel for Turkey, as indicated by both Turkish and foreign observers.



Known in English as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, the church was in ruins and on the verge of collapse. However, by order of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism started a restoration project in 2005 to preserve the historical identity of the church. The church has since become a focus for domestic and international tourists since being opened as a museum by the ministry after its restoration was completed in 2007.



SHOTLIST:



Akdamar Island



Long of Akdamar church



People walking towards church



Visitors lit candles



Priests passing



People taking pictures with priests



Outside rite



People praying



Folkdancers dancing



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