It was an afternoon of great anticipation on Wednesday, September 26, as New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral awaited the arrival of Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral to conclude his trip to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.
Look in any direction and you’ll see richly illuminated manuscripts, opulent gilded reliquaries, rare textiles, exquisitely carved khatchkars, precious liturgical woodwork, rare printed books—and the artistic pièce de résistance: a sixteen-foot painted map showing the locations of the Armenian churches of historic Armenia before the Genocide.
Held up for display before the crowd of expectant onlookers was an eight-inch silver cross—one unlike any other.
Embedded within its central gemstone was a tiny sliver of wood: a holy relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ—the cross Jesus carried to Golgotha, and on which he was crucified.
After months of eager anticipation, the splendid “Armenia!” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will finally open to the public on Saturday, September 22, beginning its run through January 13, 2019. This major exhibition features rare works of Armenian art from around the world—many of them never before displayed in the United States.