Detail of Warrior Saints on the North-West Facade
Surb Khach Church
Church of the Holy Cross
Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkey

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Photo by hacob

Some of the Islands in Lake Van have monasteries and churches built on them; no doubt the remote location offered seclusion to the resident religious communities. Forty-one kilometers southwest of Van, Akdamar Island ( a half-hour sail from shore) is the most important of these. On the island stands the 10th-century Church of the Holy Cross, now a museum, whose stone outer walls are richly carved with Old Testaments scenes and figures.

The "church of the Holy Cross" was built on Aght'amar Island in Lake Van between the years 915 and 921 by Armenian King Gagik Artzruni.
See also:
David and Goliath on Southeast Facade, Surb Khach Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkish Armenia
Samson Killing a Philistine, Northeast Facade, Surb Khach Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkish Armenia
A Mongolic Horse Archer on the East Wall, 13th century?, Surp Haç Church of the Holy Cross, Aktamar Island, Van Province, Turkey



Possibly an Armenian Infantryman in a Coptic Gospel, Damietta, Egypt, 1179-80
Illustrations of 10th century Costume & Soldiers


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