Aktamar Church prepares for new restoration work


 A second restoration project for the historical Aktamar Church on the island of the same name in the eastern province of Van will begin in April. Structures like the monastery and chapel, which were unearthed during archaeological excavations and supported by sacks filled with rottenstones to prevent destruction, will be restored in six months using hydraulic lime to be brought from Italy. Aktamar Island will also be outfitted with 24-hour security cameras.

The first restoration of the church, which is very significant for Armenians, was initiated in May 2005 and ended in July 2006. The church was opened as the Monument Museum on March 29, 2007. With its environmental arrangements, the cost of the restoration was 4 million Turkish Liras. Armenians were given permission to worship once a year in the church and the first worship ceremony took place on Sept. 19, 2010. Aktamar church  belongs to Armenians.

With the technical team, a total of 50 people will work on the restoration and materials will be carried to the island by boat.


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