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 The Armenian Sts. Jameses Cathedral of Jerusalem
Titre : The Armenian Sts. Jameses Cathedral of Jerusalem / auteur(s) : Very Rev. Parsegh KALEMDERIAN -
Editeur : St James Press
Année : 2007
Imprimeur/Fabricant : St James Press
Description : 20,5 x 29,5 cm, 24 pages + 38 hors-texte, list of pictures, bibliography, couverture illustrée en couleurs
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Sujets : St James Cathedral, Jerusalem
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The publication of this volume was planned for the year 2000, and to be dedicated to the Third Millennium of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the 1700th anniversary of Christianity in Armenia. However, for reasons beyond our will, it was delayed.
In the year 1997, I embarked on the project of writing down this subject. In mid 1998, I completed the work and presented it to His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manougian, who after appreciating the completed work, ordered to have it printed by installments in the official Sion Magazine. After it appeared in the Sion Magazine, I thought of having it published in the form of a book, and dedicating it to the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Christ, as well as the 1700th anniversary of Armenian's embracing Christianity as its official state religion. His Beatitude consented to this project, but until it got its final shape, I introduced many important additions and corrections under his supervision, who devoted much of his precious time. On this occasion, I now present to His Beatitude my profound gratitude and filial respect.
I also convey my special thanks to Mr. Yeghia Dickranian, who readily acceded to my request of translating the book into English. He willingly did the translation, devoting much of his busy time to the genuine translation of this work.
Also, my special thanks go to Mr. Zaven Yegavian, the general director of the Armenian Section of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, Portugal, for undertaking to defray the expenses of the publication of my book.
My thanks also go to Brothers Garo, Antranig and Dickran Nalbandian, for providing us with the necessary photographs.
Also, to Mr. Shant Kasparian for all the printing work. Last, but not least, thanks to all those, who by various means, helped the publication of my book.

Father Parsegh Kalemderian, Jerusalem 2007, Jerusalem

Section I. - Ancient times.
The Cathedral of Sts. Jameses, is located inside the compound of the Armenian monastery, along with the Armenian Quarter and occupies the South-Eastern section of the walled Old City of Jerusalem.
It is erected upon the house of St. James - the Brother of Christ, and on the remains of the tombs of St. James the Major, (one of the Zebedee brothers) and St. James the Minor the Brother of Christ - the Apostle and First Bishop of Jerusalem.
According to historical data, the foundations of the church date back to the 4* century, built by King Tiridates III, of Armenia, during the pontificate of St. Gregory the Illuminator, (History of Jerusalem, 1st volume; A. Bishop D. Hovhannesiantz - Jerusalem 1890, pages 58 & 94). (History of Jerusalem, Tigran H.T. Savalaniantz, 1st volume, Jerusalem 1931, pages 213), but nothing survives from that old church.
The oldest part of the present church is considered to be the Northern wall, on whose length are found the chapels of the tomb of St. James, the Apostle, and the chapel of St. Minas which date back to the 5th century. As mentioned before, in the chapel of St. James the Major, is buried the head of St. James of Zebedee. Since the ancient times, even from the first century, this has been a place of worship to devout Christians.
It is said that, Queen Helen, the wife of King Apkar, had an arch erected on the tomb of St. James' son of Zepetia. (History of Jerusalem), first volume, Bishop A. Hovhannesiantz, Jerusalem 1890, page 26.)

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