Millennium Celebration of Ani Cathedral Underway

ETCHMIADZIN (Armenpress)–A conference dedicated to the 1,000th Anniversary Celebration of the Consecration of the Cathedral of Ani–opened on Sunday in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. His Holiness Karekin II–Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia’s–presided over the inaugural plenary session. The conference ‘The Glory of Ani’ is organized under the auspices of His Holiness and the initiative of the St. Mesrob Mashdots Scientific and Cultural Center of Oshagan–in Aragatsotn.

His Eminence Archbishop Shahe Ajemian welcomed the participants of the conference in his opening address. His Eminence Archbishop Mesrop Ashjian–UNESCO’S Armenia representative Mr. Hampardzum Minasian–French-Armenian Claude-Armen Moutafian–and Architect Varazdat Haroutunian delivered lectures and reports dedicated to Ani and its architectural monumen’s.

In his remarks–His Holiness Karekin II accorded great importance to the jubilee ceremonies dedicated to the Cathedral’s consecration–noting: "It is necessary to stress our determination in focusing the attention of the international community on this magnificent architectural monument. The Cathedral enriches the treasury of world culture–and our goal is completely reconstruct and preserve in order to bequeath the Cathedral to coming generations."

The conference will last until September 24–with sessions taking place in Oshakan–and in the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia–in Yerevan. More than thirty historical–architectural–scientific and cultural lectures and reports from Armenia and the Diaspora will be presented.

The main cathedral of the capital city of Ani was consecrated in the year 1,001 A.D.–during the Pontificate of Catholicos of All Armenia’s Sargis I Sevantsi (Catholicos 992 – 1019)–and the reign of King Gagik. The designer of the 16 columned–domed basilica was the Architect Drdat. The ruins of Ani are visible from Armenia’s border with Turkey.

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