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(January 1st 2012 - December 31st, 2013)

Andrew Varlamov

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Andrew Varlamov

Mekhitarist Monastery of Venice

Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice, Italy

August 22, 2012, 15:11 UTC (17:11 local time)

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The sailing yacht "Armenia" moored at the harbor of the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. The yacht is adorned with the 38 letters of the Armenian alphabet, the Armenian cross and the Armenian symbol of eternity.

San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Armenian: Սուրբ Ղազարոս Կղզի, English: Saint Lazarus Island) is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, lying immediately west of the Lido; completely occupied by a monastery that is the mother-house of the Mekhitarist Order, the island is one of the world's foremost centers of Armenian culture.

The islet's isolation, at some distance from the principal islands forming the actual city of Venice, made it an ideal location for the quarantine station and leper colony founded there in the twelfth century, receiving its name from St. Lazarus, patron saint of lepers. Abandoned in the sixteenth century, in 1717 it was given by the ruling council of Venice to a group of Armenian monks. Mekhitar and his seventeen monks built a monastery, restored the old church, and enlarged the island to its present 30,000 square metres, about four times its original area.

Its founder's temperament and natural gifts for scholarly pursuits immediately set the Mekhitarist Order in the forefront of Oriental studies: the monastery published Armenian historical, philological and literary works and related material, renowned for their scholarship and accuracy as well as for the beauty of the editions, on its own multilingual presses, which shut down in 1991, although an eighteenth-century printing press may still be seen. S. Lazzaro houses a 150,000-volume library, as well as a museum with over 4,000 Armenian manuscripts and many Arab, Indian and Egyptian artifacts collected by the monks or received as gifts - reported WIKIPEDIA.

Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: smc PENTAX-DA Fish-Eye 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED (IF)
Tripod: BENRO A-058
Panohead: Nodal Ninja 5
PC Software: PTGui Pro 9.1.3 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by January 16, 2012), Pano2QTVR Pro Flash version 1.6.6 by Thomas Rauscher

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