Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Cross Stone From Armenia Erected At New York's Metropolitan Museum

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new temporary gift. A display of a very old Armenian cross stone transferred from Armenia.

Since June 8 The Metropolitan Museum of New-York has been introducing a 12 century Cross Stone "Khachkar in Armenian language) to its visitors. The cross stone, that was a gift to UN from Armenia, has been transferred from Geghard to New-York in 1994. Geghard is a well known remote monastery, where in the past traditionally the monks held the spear that the Roman soldier used to hit Christ at the Crucifixion.

Due to the reconstruction worzs at the UN Grand Central Station the exhibit was to be transferred and the government of Armenia has temporary put it at the Metropolitan Museum’s disposal for five years. The initiative is the result of arrangements with Metropolitan Museum during S. Sargsyan’s visit to New-York.

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