Mashdots College

744 Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91205   

 E-mail: Mashdots@aol.com

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Embracing The Land of Our Ancestors  Pilgrimage to Western Armenia and Cilicia


 
 
 
 

 

Mashdots College, an independent non-sectarian institution of higher education founded in 1992 in California, offers quality undergraduate education in selected fields and career-related certificate programs.  Through its academic and co curricular programs, the College provides rich educational opportunities which relate to both the academic and personal development of its students.

 

Mashdots College has been established in honor of Saint Mesrob Mashdots, founder of the first Armenian school, inventor of the Armenian alphabet, and  original translator of the Bible into Armenian.  Among the aims of the College is the commitment to propagate the rich Armenian heritage through the preparation of teachers, as well as leaders for community organizations.

 

The basic intention of the Board of Trustees of Mashdots College is to offer quality education in the centuries old tradition of Armenian higher education. Within this tradition, the Board is dedicated to assisting faculty and administrators to facilitate the discovery, advancement and dissemination of knowledge, as well as developing good character and effective citizenship.  In this perspective, the Board is committed to academic programs which meet the needs of the Armenian community in the United States.  The Board has identified those needed programs as being Armenian studies, teacher education, computer education and other career-related programs.

 


 

 PILGRIMAGE TO HISTORIC WESTERN ARMENIA, CILICIA & CAPPADOCIA    

JULY 5-20, 2014

 

Pilgrimage Leader: Dr. Garbis Der-Yeghiayan

Tour Coordinator: European Travel, Burbank, CA

 

 (FOR A COMPREHENSIVE 6-PAGE ITINERARY, PILGRIMAGE PACKAGE, INCLUDIING APPLICATION AND PRICE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE COLLEGE AT 818-548-9345 or e-mail: mashdots@aol.com)

 

DEPARTURE SATURDAY, JULY 5 FROM:

LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO OR NEW YORK

 

 

CITIES AND SITES

 

JULY 6th (SUN) ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL WELCOME DINNER

 

JULY 7th (MON) – ISTANBUL

Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Byzantine Hippodrome,

Grand Covered Bazaar.     Fly to ADANA

 

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 mosque).

 

ANTIOCH (ANTAKYA)- BEYLAN – KEREK-KHAN - ISKENDERUN

The Cave Church of St. Peter in Antioch, the bell tower of the Armenian Church

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 church.

 

AINTAB

The historic Armenian Kayajuk quarter, the Karamanoukian mansion

(now Turkish Ethnographic Museum), Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic church,

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 Evangelical Church,

Der Bedrossian’s mansion converted to a hotel and restaurant (Konuk Evi).

 

JULY 11th (FRI) - DIKRANAGERD

The renovated Sourp Giragos Armenian Church, Armenian Catholic church,

Armenian Evangelical church, the City Walls. Continue to VAN via BITLIS

 

JULY 12th (SAT) - VAN

City tour, Mheri Toor, Van Fortress, Akhtamar Island on Lake Van –

On the island stands the 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross.

JULY 13th (SUN) – MAJESTIC MT. ARARAT (DOGUBAYAZIT)

The famous battlefield of Çaldıran battle, Pergri (Muradiye) Waterfalls,

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.

 

KARS

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 Minas Church,

Sanasarian High School, and other historic sites.

 

MUSH

The ancient bridge of Sulukh, (time permitting Sourp Garabed monastery in Changli),

Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church in ruins.

 

KHARPERT

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.

GURUN (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.

Gessaria - 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)

 

FAREWELL DINNER - Cruise along the Bosphorus.

 

JULY 20th (SUN) - ISTANBUL – HOME      

Transfer to Istanbul Airport.

 

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