Akdamar church joins UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Today’s Zaman:
The Armenian Church located on Akdamar Island in eastern Turkey’s Lake Van was reportedly included on Friday in the intangible cultural heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Known in English as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the church had been on the verge of collapse. However, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism began a restoration project in 2005 to preserve the historical identity of the church. The church has become a destination for domestic and international tourists since being opened as a museum by the ministry after the first part of the restoration project was completed in 2007.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Ömer Çelik announced the news on his Twitter account late on Friday. The Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which includes 800 delegates from 103 countries, has so far assessed 30 candidates for the list of intangible cultural heritage and approved the church as an addition to the list. The decision means that UNESCO will take measures to protect the church, which has become Turkey’s 12th heritage item on the list.

Source: Today’s Zaman

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