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ArmenPress: ANI CATHEDRAL JUBILEE MARKED

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 23, ARMENPRESS: In 2001, when Armenia was marking the 17 centuries of conversion to Christianity, there was another major jubilee in that year, more particularly, the 1000-th anniversary of consecration of the Mother Cathedral in Ani, one of the capitals of the mediaeval Armenia, but its celebration was decided to suspend for one year to focus on the Christianity jubilee.

The Cathedral in Ani is one of the most remarkable masterpieces of mediaeval Armenian architecture. Its foundation was laid in 989 by king Smbat II, but because of his early death the construction was continued by Gagik I.

A conference of scientists dealing with medieval architecture is being held in Echmiadzin, from September 22 to September 27 dedicated to this jubilee. It is chaired by Catholicos Karekin II, the head of Armenian Church.

A range of lectures dedicated to Cathedral, in particular, and to Armenian architecture, in general, was made by prominent Armenian historians and architects.

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