Armenians Celebrate First Baptisms at Aghtamar Since 1915

Two young women from Van are baptized at Sourp Khatch, the Church of the Holy Cross, at Aghtamar on Sept. 8. Three others were also baptized that day during the same ceremony. (Photo by Matthew Karanian)

Special to the Armenian Weekly - 12/9/13 For the first time since 1915, the Armenian Church performed the rite of baptism at the Church of the Holy Cross (Sourp Khatch) on Aghtamar Island in Lake Van. Two adults and three youths, including a boy from Armenia named Van and three Armenians from the town of Van, were ...

Traveling To Karabakh Is An Elusive Prize For Many Visitors

The Artsakh Army marching band (Photo by Matthew Karanian)

Matthew Karanian - 9/5/13 EDITOR’S NOTE: For a second time, Asbarez is teaming up with travelogue Matthew Karanian to present a travel special to serve as a guide for its readers who are planning a trip to Armenia and Karabakh. Matthew Karanian is the author of ARMENIA AND KARABAKH: THE STONE GARDEN TRAVEL GUIDE, which was published ...