Arkazi Church

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Vayots Dzor Marz About 3 km E of Tanahati Vank is Arkazi S. Khach (Holy Cross) Vank, a church completely rebuilt in 1870-71, still a significant pilgrimage site particularly on October 8 or 11. According to legend, a piece of the true Cross, given by the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius to the wife of Burtegh, ruler of Syunik, was buried in the walls. [Source: Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook.]

The doors are usually locked, although in a house past the church a bit live an older couple with the keys who will happily open the doors for you and have candles available to light for sale.