Yet another one.

November 5 2015 at 11:42 PM

Response to Faith and philanthropy? Behind Armenia's church-building boom

A delegation of Armenian officials and clergymen gathered today in Dilijan (Tavush region) for a ceremony of laying the foundation of a city church.

The initiative is a joint effort by the Holy See of St Echmiadzin, the Dilijan City Hall, IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Fund and the Dilijan Development Fund. Its donors are Ruben Vardanyan, a Russian-Armenian businessman and philanthropist who is a co-founder of IDeA Fund, and benefactors Gagik Adibekyan, Maxim Atayants and Armen Karapetyan.

The ceremony was led by Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II. Mr Vardanyan and top representatives of the fund, as well as local government officials and different other guests and Dilijan residents were present, the IDeA Fund says in a press release.

The church will be constructed on the right bank of the river Aghstev, not far from a monument eternalizing the memory of World War II victims. The project’s author is Maksim Atayants, a renowned Armenian architect from St Petersburg, Russia.

“IDeA fund implements different development projects in Dilijan, with the church construction being one of them. Maxim Atayants has offered a project with interesting architectural solutions. We are confident that the church will really become a spiritual center for residents of our city,” said Edgar Manukyan, the fund’s acting general director.

The church will have a central dome with two bell-towers on span roofs on its two sides. Its pedestal, which is 4.5 meters high, will have spaces for public use. An arched hall built inside will open to a riverside street. The church’s intended total area is 550 square meters.

The development activities will start in April 2016.

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