Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Got some Easter at a Monastary

At 6:00 p.m. tonight I meet Pasha and several other bikers for an evening ride up Vank Hill. I'd been wanting to try this ride but I'd been afraid to try it on my own because there are just some places where I get too many unfriendly stares and this was one of them.

But what a different a group of male cyclists makes
in Malatya. Tonight we were celebrities like Vance Armstrong and his team winding through the crumbling down hill-side neighborhoods while bringing out small cheering crowds cheering, and offering tea of course, on our ascent to the top.

The entire ride was good but the destination was great. We ended at a very old Armenian church/monastery just as the sun was setting. Although the church is crumbling down, the four walls and roof still remain in tack and the crosses carved in the stone walls are still very visible. In front of the church is what looks like a blue army bunker but is actually a small room built over the top of a grave. The floor of the room is covered in Turkish carpets and pillows and appears to be used on occasion. Pasha,
my tour guide, said that some people in Turkey think it's spiritual to sleep near/on/by graves and that it's very possible that
people stay there, especially in the summer. He also thinks that this church is slated for restoration which would be interesting to see.

A quick Google search only provided me the name Vank church and no other details. It might be 600 years old or it could be 200 years old and modern construction techniques had not yet arrived. Whatever the age however, I could see how the location was chosen for it's solitude and peacefulness.

Standing there with my bike riding buddies photographying the beauty of being on a hill, by a church overlooking a valley at sunset, it occurred to me this is probably the only church I'll see this Easter, so I made it count.

1 comment:

  1. Went to Good Friday services in Spokane at St. Al's on Gonzaga U campus. Got to touch the cross and they had the Eucharist. I commented to cousin Pat that I
    Didn't believe that Jesus was present on Good Friday, so how could we receive his body? He said I should move across the river to Pasco and have al the benefits of being Catholic. Hah! Hah! Going home early today, Saturday, so can be home with grandson's for Easter. Church at 7 am with sister Dolly singing. Praise the Lord. My Dad in Kadlec hospital again! 4th time in three months. MRSA! Must gown up to visit him. Oxygen, tube-feeding, catheter, lost 50 lbs., but still willing to fight. Reconciling myself, he is my father and I do love him very much! Praise the Lord. When are you coming home? Miss u! Have a Happy Easter! Love u