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[Web Wrap]: Urartian King’s Burial Chamber in Van Opened for First Time.

January 9, 2011

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Via Asbarez.com

VAN, Turkey (Anatolian News Agency)–The burial chambers of Urartian King Argishti I and his family in the western wing of an ancient castle in the eastern Turkish province of Van have been opened for the first time.

“The burial chamber is in the western part of Van castle and bears the workmanship of the highest quality. It is reached through a 24-step staircase,” said Rafet Çavuşoğlu, a professor at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Archaeology Department.

King Argishti I was buried in a rock burial chamber called “Horhor Cave,” said the professor, who specially opened the doors to the graves to Anatolia news agency.

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Credit: Asbarez.com

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[Web Wrap]: Akhtamar Mass – Liturgy, But No Peace Without a Cross at Landmark Religious Service in Turkey.

September 20, 2010

By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow

For the first time in nearly a century Armenian Christians have had a religious service in a 10th-century church on the Lake Van island of Akhtamar, in what now is eastern Turkey.

The September 19 Liturgy at the Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church was conducted by Archbishop Aram Ateshian, the Armenian Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople. Service went on, despite the absence of a cross on the dome of the church — a holy indicator for all Armenian churches.

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Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church in Van

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Credit: Photolure via ArmenianNow