New lake pier constructed for Akdamar Church

Vercihan Ziflioğlu ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News 17/8/2011 The Van Governor’s Office is aiding in the preparations for the second Divine Liturgy on Akdamar Island’s Surp Haç Church by building a pier that will be better equipped to handle the number of expected visitors. Other arrangements are also being made to serve the guests who will attend the Sept ...

Two more historic churches open for Liturgy in Turkey

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News 29/7/2011 Hundreds of people from the diaspora will be attending religious services in various churches all around Turkey in the next few months. Annual services will be held at Sümela Monastery in Trabzon and at the Surp Haç Armenian Church in Van for the second time, following permission granted last year ...

Municipality, Patriarchate renovate Armenian Cemetery

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 15/5/2011 A historical Armenian cemetery dating back to 1061 A.D. and measuring hundreds of acres in the eastern province of Sivas has been jointly renovated by the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey, the local municipality and the provincial governor’s office. A Muslim cemetery located in the area also underwent restoration as part ...

Church in Turkey’s Southeast preparing for Religious Ceremony

8/2/2011 VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News After the church on Akdamar Island in Van, the Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakır is now preparing for a religious ceremony. The Istanbul Armenian Foundation undertook the restoration of the church, bringing together Turkey and the Armenian diaspora. ‘This church is the common heritage of humanity,” says the foundation's ...