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Khachkar

Khachkar, stone cross given to Dubrovnik on the 1700th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Armenian St. Vlaho, patron of the city of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik (arch)diocese. The Cross was blessed on April 24th, 2016. It was created by a contemporary Armenian artist and stonecutter Artak Hambardzumyan. At its top there is a Croatian interlace whose pattern was taken from the church of St. Nicholas from Prijeko street and that symbolizes the connection between the Croatian and Armenian people. The traditional way of making a khachkar is conveyed from generation to generation in the family of stonecutters, or by a system of transferring the ability from masters to trainees. For this reason, the symbolism and production of a khachkar is inscribed in the UNESCO List of Intangible World Heritage in Asia and Oceania in 2010.

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