PILGRIMAGE TO HISTORIC
WESTERN ARMENIA, CILICIA & CAPPADOCIA
JULY 5-20, 2014
Pilgrimage Leader: Dr. Garbis Der-Yeghiayan
Coordinator: European Travel, Burbank, CA
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CITIES AND SITES
JULY 6th (SUN) ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
JULY 7th (MON) – ISTANBUL
Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Byzantine
Grand Covered Bazaar. Fly
JULY 8th (TUE) ADANA
The Armenian Quarter, Seyhan River, the Clock Tower, the
functioning Catholic Church,
Armenian Prelacy building and St. Hagop Church (now Yagh
ANTIOCH (ANTAKYA)- BEYLAN – KEREK-KHAN - ISKENDERUN
The Cave Church of St. Peter in Antioch, the bell tower of the
in Beylan, Sourp Advadzadzin Church in Kerek-khan and the nearby
Armenian Evangelical Church converted into a library,
Karasoun Mangantz Armenian Church in Iskenderun open for mass.
JULY 9th (WED) MOUSA LER
ARMENIAN VAKIFLIKÖY-MOUSA LER. Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian
The historic Armenian Kayajuk quarter, the Karamanoukian mansion
(now Turkish Ethnographic Museum), Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian
American Hospital established in 1847, Armenian Catholic church,
and the Franciscan Church in the center of the city.
JULY 10th (THU) BIRECIK and URFA
Endangered Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) birds in Birecik.
Abraham’s Lake in Urfa,
Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church, Armenian
Der Bedrossian’s mansion converted to a hotel and restaurant (Konuk
JULY 11th (FRI) - DIKRANAGERD
The renovated Sourp Giragos Armenian Church, Armenian Catholic
Armenian Evangelical church, the City Walls. Continue to VAN via
JULY 12th (SAT) - VAN
Mheri Toor, Van Fortress, Akhtamar Island on Lake Van –
On the island stands the 10th century Armenian Church of the
JULY 13th (SUN) – MAJESTIC MT. ARARAT (DOGUBAYAZIT)
The famous battlefield of Çaldıran battle, Pergri (Muradiye)
Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubayazit.
JULY 14th (MON) – DOGUBEYAZIT - ANI
Symbolically climbing Mt. Ararat and enjoying an incredible
once-in-a-lifetime experience. The once glorious medieval
Armenian capital city of Ani -- the Church of the Holy Redeemer,
the Mother Cathedral, Church of Abughamrentz, Church of the
Apostles, St. Gregory the Illuminator of Dikran Honentz,
Virgins’ Chapel. The Akhurian River, a branch of Araks River,
forms part of the current border between Armenia and Turkey.
The 10th century capital of Armenia. The Kars
fortress, the 10th century Sourp Arakelots Cathedral, The
Archaeological Museum, the house of the famous Armenian poet,
Yeghishe Charentz. Kars to Erzurum.
JULY 15th (TUE) – ERZURUM (GARIN)
The city walls and fortress, the old Armenian Cathedral, Sourp
Sanasarian High School, and other historic sites.
The ancient bridge of Sulukh, (time permitting Sourp Garabed
monastery in Changli),
Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church in ruins.
Harput, its Urartian fortress, the ruined Sourp Hagop Church,
and in the city (formerly Mezireh) the functioning Assyrian
Church, the Armenian Evangelical Church,
Hyussenig, and Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Khoolakyoogh.
JULY 16th (WED) MALATYA
Holy Trinity Armenian Church and the Armenian cemetery.
(Time permitting) Virgin Mary Monastery carved in solid rock and
Gürün Armenian Apostolic Church.
JULY 17TH (THU) CAPPADOCIA
Uchisar, Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, Pasabagi, Cavusin
triple-apse church and monastery of St. John the Baptist,
Kaymaklı Underground City, a huge refuge carved by early
Christians that served as hideout from persecutors. Time
permitting, a similar refuge, the Derinkuyu Underground City.
JULY 18th (FRI) EVEREG and GESSARIA (KAYSERI)
Evereg - Sourp Toros Armenian Church and the Armenian School.
- Sourp Krikor (Gregory) the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic
Church, the Gumushian School and Sourp Asdvadzadzin Apostolic
Church. converted to a sports complex. Landing at Istanbul
Ataturk Airport at 5.55 p.m.
JULY 19th (SAT) ISTANBUL
Imperial Dolmabahce Palace constructed by architect Garabet
Balian, Sourp Asdvadzadzin Mayr Yegeghetzi (St. Mary's
Patriarchal Church) and the Armenian Patriarchate, Bezjian
Armenian School, Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia Museum)
- Cruise along the Bosphorus.
JULY 20th (SUN) - ISTANBUL – HOME
Transfer to Istanbul Airport.
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