Etchmiadzin Treasures to be Exhibited in Moscow

MOSCOW (Noyan Tapan)–An agreement to exhibit the treasures of the St. Etchmiadzin Cathedral was signed between the administration of the "Moscow Kremlin" Museum and the Secretariat of the St. Etchmiadzin Cathedral on Tuesday.

The exhibit will take place in Moscow at the Uspensky Cathedral of the Kremlin through June and July.

Director of the "Moscow Kremlin" Museum–Irina Rodimtseva said that an exhibition of items from the Diamond Fund and Arms Chamber of the Kremlin will open at the Yerevan Picture Gallery this fall.

According to Secretariat Hovhannes Takoukian–in its 1,700 years of existence this is the first exhibition organized by the St. Etchmiadzin Holy See which will go abroad.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity in Armenia and the 850th anniversary of the foundation of Moscow and will be held under the patronage of Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin I and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia–Aleksey II.

Rodimtseva noted that the Armenian culture was three times older than Russia’s and that it was a great honor for them that the first demonstration of St. Etchmiadzin’s treasures will take place at their museum.

An agreement on the organization of the exhibitions was signed by the Secretary of the St. Etchmiadzin Cathedral Archbishop Nerses Pozapalian and taken to Moscow by the Chairman of the Department on Religious Affairs–Lazar Soudjian.

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