Restoration of the 16th century St Hovaness Church in Meghri, Armenia.
Campaign Dates: 3 week campaign July 9 - 29, 2017
Volunteers must make their own arrangements to meet in Yerevan by the campaign date.
Requirement: Volunteers are required to be 18 years of age by the campaign date.
Cost: The cost of the 3 week campaign is $500. This includes room and board at the site, local weekend excursions, and Yerevan hotel/hostel stay. Payment must be finalized by June 1st.
Meghri - Sourp Hovannes Mkrtich Church
Land and Culture Organization (LCO) will be renovating the 17th Century Sourp Hovannes Mkritch (St. John the Baptist) basilica church in Meghri, Armenia.
This historical site is in severe disrepair and has a unique Armenian style. The ornamental motifs of the paintings are influenced by Persian decorative designs, which was probably done intentionally to prevent vandalism. Even the depicted structures were drawn in such a way as to resemble mosques. The walls of 17th-century churches in Meghri’s old and new quarters bear frescoes by artists from the family of Naghash Hovnatanian, a renowned artist from the period whose works are also within the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin. The first phase of the project will be clearing of the church ground’s and archaeologic excavations with Armenian historical archaeologists.
Article retrieved from Armenia's Public Television - Posted 24-Aug-2015
The Spitak earthquake levelled to the ground the Chichkhnavank. The epicenter of the disaster, the monastery located in Nalband or Shirakamutvillage was a hidden place of pilgrimage and prayer even during Stalin years. With the help of volunteer youngsters and sponsorship of Armenians from Diaspora the church was restored.