Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
Friday, June 28th, 2019 became a significant date for His Holiness Aram I, because it is the day that the Catholicos took the risk and crossed the border to the Northern Cyprus, occupied by Turkey, and paid a visit to the Armenian historical and spiritual centers.
Accompanied by Archbishop Khoren Doghramajian, Catholicosal Vicar in Cyprus and Vartkes Mahdessian, Representative of the Armenian community of Cyprus, His Holiness Aram I visited the St. Mary Church, the Armenian Prelacy and Melikian-Ouzounian School. The Catholicos also visited Magaravank or St. Magar Monastery, a 10th century monastery located in the periphery of Halevga and the outskirts of Pentadaktylos mountains. Magaravank has served as a spiritual and cultural center for the Armenians for centuries, and in 1974 it was seized by Turkey who demolished, ravaged and looted the historical and spiritual center.