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Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Akdamar
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Armenian: Սուրբ Խաչ եկեղեցի, romanized: Surp Khachʿ egeghetsʿi, Turkish: Akdamar Kilisesi or Surp Haη Kilisesi) on Akdamar Island, in Lake Van in eastern Turkey, is a medieval Armenian Apostolic cathedral, built as a palatine church for the kings of Vaspurakan and later serving as the seat of the Catholicosate of Aghtamar.
During his reign, King Gagik I Artsruni (r. 908-943/944) of the Armenian kingdom of Vaspurakan chose the island of Aght'amar as one of his residences, founding a settlement there. The only structure standing from that period is the Cathedral. It was built of pink volcanic tufa[citation needed] by the architect-monk Manuel during the years 915-921, with an interior measuring 14.80m by 11.5m and the dome reaching 20.40m above ground.
Between 1116 and 1895 Akdamar Island was the location of the Armenian Catholicosate of Aght'amar. Khachatur III, who died in 1895, was the last Catholicos of Akdamar.
The church remained in disuse through the decades after 1915. When the writer and journalist Yaşar Kemal visited the island of Akhtamar in 1951, he discovered that it was about to be demolished. Using his contacts he helped stop the planned destruction. The church became a noted tourist attraction in the coming decades. In 2005 the structure was closed to visitors as it underwent a heavy restoration, being opened as a museum by the Turkish government a year later. Wikipedia
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Camera: Nikon D90
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Lens: VR AF-S NIKKOR18-105mm1:3.5-5.6G ED-DX
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-Stop: f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 18 mm
35 mm Focal Length in sensor crop: 27 mm
Memory: TOSHIBA SDHC,RAW
Filter: Kenko UV 67mm JAPAN
Date Taken: 2022-04-21 12:43
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 6668 k

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