ASHTISHAT

ASHTISHAT. One of the oldest cities of Greater Armenia, on the left bank of the Euphrates, NW of Lake Van and in the W part of the province of Taron, today the Turkish village of Derik. A pagan center with many temples; sun-worship flourished there Ashtishat = place of many gods. According to the sources, these temples were destroyed and the earliest Christian buildings constructed on their sites. Agathangelos records that Gregory the Illuminator himself, whose family was from Taron, brought relics of St. John the Baptist and St. Athenogenes to Ashtishat, built a martyrium in their honor and at the same time ordered the destruction of many pagan temples. Ashtishat was very early on an episcopal see: a certain building activity is attributed to Bishop Daniel in the mid-4th c., mentioned by Faustus of Byzantium; ca. 365, the catholicos Nersetes I 353373 held there the first Armenian synod, to establish order and uniformity in the churches and to set up charitable and assistance works. In 439 the catholicos of Armenia St. Sahak the Great Isaac, the last descendent of Gregory the Illuminator, was buried there. Saint Gregory Ka “The Illuminator” Aka “The Apostle of Armenia … travelquaz

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