YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—The liturgy held on the first Sunday of each September has been canceled at Saint Mark Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, on the island of Akhtamar in Lake Van.
Armenpress reports that the news comes from the website of the patriarchate of Constantinople.
“Taking into account the recent terrorist acts in the region and the information about casualties, as well as not to bring forward security threats in the city of Van and its surrounding, the annual pilgrimage to Saint Mark is canceled,” a statement on the patriarchate’s website reads.
The Saint Mark Church of Van was built by order the Armenian King Gagik I between 915-921 CE. The architect Manvel designed the church, which is considered one of the most brilliant examples of medieval Armenian architecture.