Note from VirtualAni: this report is merely false Armenian propaganda. The World Armenian Congress's assesment of the condition of the Aght'amar church is not factually correct. Also, given the very low standard of previous restorations in Turkey, all calls for a restoration of this church should be totally rejected.
ITAR-TASS News Agency
July 6, 2004 Tuesday 3:38 PM Eastern Time
World Armenian Congress worried over church destruction
The World Armenian Congress has expressed concern over the condition
of the Akhtamar Saint Cross Church - a unique monument of medieval
Armenian architecture, which is situated in Turkey, on an island in
The Saint Cross Church was built in 915-921, says a statement of the
World Armenian Congress received by Itar-Tass. It is so much
dilapidated now that "soon only ruins will be left of it."
The World Armenian Congress urged the Turkish and Armenian
governments to take steps without delay for restoring the Akhtamar
Saint Cross Church and to hold talks with the participation of
international experts from UNESCO for outlining measures to be taken
for restoring this and other Armenian architectural monuments on the
I live in Iasi, a Romanian town located in the NE part pf the country. There is an Armenian church in the center of the town in danger of ruining, built cca. the year 1300 and rebuilt in 1600.
I am interested to find out if there are any sources of financing for the renovation of the Armenian churches. It would be a beautiful monument to be re-entered in our town's touristic circuit.
Unfortunately I have no pictures of it and I have found none on the Internet.
If anyone can help me with information on how the Armenian churches can be renovated through international funds, please respond to this message.
I will do my best to announce the local authorities on these funds and on any ways of renovating this beautiful curch, if any information available.