Treasures from Cilicia Go on Display in Germany

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–Saturday inaugurated an exhibit entitled "Recovered Armenian Treasures From Cilicia" at the Moritzburg Museum–in Germany–the Catholicosate press office announced.

Addressing thousands of people attending the ceremony–Aram I underlined the fact that these artifacts were being exhibited outside the museum of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Lebanon for the first time after being recovered from the historic territory of the Kingdom of Cilicia.

"This exhibition is not an ordinary exposition of treasures but is a living and life-generating testimony of the survival of the Armenia’s despite numerous calamities–massacres and Genocide perpetrated by the Turks. These rescued treasures re-emphasize the undeniable reality that the Armenia’s in Armenia and the worldwide Diaspora were the victims of Turkish atrocities but they survived because of their Christian faith and creative spirit," declared Aram I.

"Through this exhibition the German-Armenian collaboration becomes a tangible reality and the Armenian demand for justice requires a new dimension," concluded His Holiness.

On this occasion–Aram I decorated Prof. Hermann Goltz with the "Mesrop Mashtots" medal–as an expression of appreciation for his Armenological endeavors.

The exhibition was organized under the auspices of the Aram I and His Holiness Karekin II–the Catholicos of All Armenia’s–who could not attend due to last minute emergency in New York.

His Holiness Aram I arrived in Germany on September 1 and was greeted by the representative of Catholicos Karekin II–Western Primate Archbishop Vache Hovsepian–the Armenian Ambassador in Germany Ashot Voskanian–the Primate of Germany Archbishop Garegin Bekjian–German dignitaries and Armenian parishioners.

Following the official inauguration of the exhibition–His Holiness visited the Halle city hall and was officially greeted by the Mayor. The German media covered His Holiness’ visit to Germany and referred especially to the cultural role of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia–the Armenian Genocide–and the "Cilicia" exhibition.


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