Turkey: Ancient Cultures of Eastern Anatolia - paulsmit
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'Khatchkar on Akdamar Island-1.'

	A beautifully carved khatchkar is standing north of the 10th century Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar, a small island in Lake Van. The carving of khatchkars (literally meaning "cross stone") was an artistic Armenian tradition. The slabs were used for commemorative as well as funerary purposes. The khatchkars at Akdamar can be dated from the 13th to the 17th century. Photo Mick Palarczyk.