Friday, April 06, 2007
Akdamar (Ahtamar) Update
Last August, I posted my thoughts on Akdamar (Ahtamar) Island, site of a 9th-century Armenian church in now far-eastern Turkey, here. Ahtamar seems to be a flash-point for usually volatile Turkish-Armenian relations.
Mustafa Akyol reports on recent developments on the island, here.
The restoration of the church is now complete, and with great fanfare, has been reopened (minus the cross on the dome) as a museum. Akyol, a Turkish writer, rightly argues that the structure is a church, not a museum, and that Turkey should be confident enough to allow it to be used once more for what it was intended to be.
Amen, and amen.