Armenians will get to resume pilgrimages to Dadivank, a historic medieval monastery in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), which fell under Azerbaijan's control when a trilateral ceasefire statement was signed, Karabakh's Minister of Education, Science Culture and Sport Lusine Gharakhanyan told a working discussion in the Armenian parliament on Thursday, October 14, Armenpress reports.
According to Gharakhanyan, trips to Dadivant should be possible following a recent meeting of the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' Kirill in Moscow.
"Thanks to the Russian peacekeepers, we are keeping Dadivank, we have 6 clerics there. At տհե moment, pilgrimages to Dadivank are temporarily suspended. But we will restore them again, following the recent meeting of His Holiness with Patriarch Kirill in Moscow. We will resume the pilgrimages to Dadivank," the official said.
Gharakhanyan also revealed that the Armenian side has managed to prevent the destruction of monuments of the Great Patriotic War.
Pilgrims from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, regularly visit the Armenian monastery of Amaras, which is situated close to the new contact line with Azerbaijan.