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CHURCH OF THE HOLY SAVIOR

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SAVIOR
Ani, Turkey
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BACKGROUND

Located in modern-day eastern Turkey, Surp Amenap’rkitch, or the Church of the Holy Savior, is one of the few structures still standing at Ani from the prosperous Armenian Bagratid period in the tenth and eleventh centuries A.D. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The conservation state of Ani came to international attention in 1996 when the archaeological zone of Ani was placed on WMF’s inaugural Watch list. Ani was on the Watch again in 1998, 2000, and 2002. Field missions to Ani were conducted in 1996 and 1998, leading to documentation and analytic work in subsequent years. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Church of the Holy Savior is a premier example of Armenian medieval architecture and a central monument of the Ani archaeological zone. The conservation measures will ensure the structure can withstand future seismic activity in the region and that the remaining decorative elements on the interior and exterior will be preserved. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
Turkey Renovates Armenian Monuments As Gesture
Associated Press, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
VIDEOS
World Monuments FundWorld Monuments Fund and the U.S. State Department
September, 2013

Overseen by the U.S. Department of State, The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports the conservation of cultural sites in more than 120 developing countries around the world. By taking a leading role in preserving cultural legacies, the program illustrates America’s deep and enduring respect for the diversity embodied in our shared global heritage.World Monuments Fund has been fortunate to work closely with the State Department on several recent projects, highlighted in this brief video.

World Monuments FundConservation at Ani Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Savior
December, 2012

Ani, a dramatic, windswept archaeological site in eastern Turkey, was once a thriving medieval city on the trade route through Central Asia. At its height, Ani had a population of well over 100,000, and was the rival of Constantinople, Baghdad, and Cairo. Once renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani has been abandoned and largely forgotten for centuries.

Its remaining architecture, built primarily in the tenth century, is historically significant as it anticipates features that became the defining characteristics of the Byzantine and later Gothic styles. World Monuments Fund’s current scope of work is focusing on the ruins of two great religious structures there: Ani Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Savior.