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#1 MosJan

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:57 AM

MEKHITARISTS’ STOLEN TREASURES FOUND

More than 55 works of art, including 54 books and a medieval world map, belonging to the Mekhitarist Congregation were found after a two-year-long series of stealing.

Lebanese-born 31-year-old man came to the Mekhitarist Congregation in Venice to study theology and philosophy. Later on he was included in the Congregation’s choir and served at the newly built library compound. For two year he has been selling the Congregation’s books to an antique shop in Vienna sending his profit of 40.000 euros to his family in Lebanon. The false seminarian’s thefts remained unnoticed until the November of 2005 when Haji Ahmad’s world map dated 1559 disappeared. Noticing the loss, Mekhitarist representatives informed the police. By then, the Lebanese had sold the map for 15.000 euros; the buyer spent additional 10.000 for the map’s restoration. All 55 items of art are now returned to the Congregation, and the suspect is detained and has confessed to stealing.

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 03:15 PM

I read this yesterday.

It is appalling how an Armenian could step right on the integrity of the Seminary and the tradition of the seminarian for a few coins in his hand. Treason at it's worst.

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 01:37 AM

QUOTE(Zartonk @ Apr 19 2006, 09:15 PM) View Post
I read this yesterday.

It is appalling how an Armenian could step right on the integrity of the Seminary and the tradition of the seminarian for a few coins in his hand. Treason at it's worst.

Zartonk, you may not have heard or have forgotten that many of the treasures from St. Hakob Vank in Jerusalem were being spotted in auction houses all the way from Europe and America. The perpetrated was not a semnarian but the then Patriarch (Yeghisheh) himself.

Edited by Arpa, 30 July 2006 - 01:38 AM.





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