Iran to Return 629-Year-Old Bell to Akhtamar

The 629-year-old bell will be returned to Holy Cross Church in Akhtamar
The 629-year-old bell will be returned to Holy Cross Church in Akhtamar

The 629-year-old bell will be returned to Holy Cross Church in Akhtamar

TEHRAN—Iranian officials have said that they will return a 629-year-old bell, which belonged to an Armenian church in Van, to the Holy Cross Church in Akhtamar.

The bell was given to St. Mary’s Armenian Church in July of 1377 and was taken to Iran under unknowns circumstances. It has been on display at the Anthropology museum in the north-western city of Urumieh, reported AmedToday.org news agency.

“We have begun a policy of returning all historical monuments and artifacts in Iran to their countries of origin in compliance with all necessary legal procedures,” said Mirhadi Kareseyyed-Romiani, Vice-President of the Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Authority.

The Iranian official said this policy aims to demonstrate to the world the true nature of Iran as friendly country that prioritizes good neighborly relations and respect for humanity and history.

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  1. GB said:

    There is no comparison between Persians history, civilization, and culture, with barbarian Turkic herds!

  2. Sirvart Garabedian said:

    Yes we thank Iran for their cultural civilization or rights, but i wonder if St. Cross Akhtamar Church’s old Bell returned to St. Cross which is under Turkey’s domination, what is the gain of Armenians? I am curious!!!! Thank you Asbarez.

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