Title: “The Church of the Holy Cross and Armenian Architecture in Eastern Turkey”
The masterpieces of Armenian architecture are not well known in the west, except perhaps to Armenians themselves who treasure it as part of their rich heritage. In the first two weeks of May of this year, Allan Langdale went on a journey in eastern Turkey to visit two of the most important Armenian sites: the Church of the Holy Cross (Acht’Amar) and the ruined churches found at the ancient Armenian capital of Ani near the modern city of Kars. Dr. Langdale’s lecture is on the history, form, function, and sculptural decoration of these monuments, focusing on the church of the Holy Cross, a remarkable 10th century monastic church situated on an island in Lake Van, dramatically surrounded by towering volcanic mountains.
Allan Langdale is a historian of art and architecture who specializes in the architecture of Cyprus, where he lived from 2005-07, and where he made an award-winning documentary film on the medieval city of Famagusta. He has published several articles on the architecture of Cyprus and has written the definitive guidebook to the archaeology and historical architecture of north or ‘Turkish’ Cyprus. Allan has worked in the University of California system for many years, at UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. He also regularly works as a lecturer in the field for Lindblad/National Geographic, Smithsonian Journeys, and Zegrahm Expeditions, on small ships mostly in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. His most recent book is a travel book entitled “Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness”. His travel blog can be found at ‘Allan’s Art and Architecture Worlds’.