Pictures of Armenian Cathedral church - Akdamar Turkey { 95 images } Created 29 Oct 2011

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Pictures images photos of the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, Akdamar (Aghtamar) Island in Lake Van Turkey. Our photos show images of the extensive array of Armenian bas-relief carving of mostly biblical scenes that adorn its external walls. These Akdamar pictures show the great skill of medieval Armenian artists. The Armenian Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross Aghtamar was built of pink volcanic tufa by the architect-monk Manuel during the years 915-921, with an interior measuring 14.80m by 11.5m and the dome reaching 20.40m above ground. Between 1116 and 1895 Aght'amar Island was the location of the Armenian Catholicosate of Aktamar. Khachatur III, who died in 1895, was the last Catholicos of Aght'amar. In 1915, during the Armenian Genocide, the monks of Aktamar were massacred, the cathedral looted, and the monastic buildings destroyed.

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