THE GARDEN OF PEACE AND PRAYER – FEATURING A TRADITIONAL KHACHKAR
Not to be confused with The Peace Garden the small park situated opposite Christ Church Cathedral and was the location of a late medieval Tholsel building which served variously as a meeting place for the City Council, a courthouse and as an exchange for the city’s merchants.
The Khachkar is part of the Armenian Christian identity and they are generally carved from volcanic stone. The one which now stands in the grounds of the cathedral was designed by Aram Hakhumvan, who lives in Ireland and carved in Armenia by Arta Hambardzumvan. It features a Celtic Cross with an Armenian Cross standing out of it and the rest of the stone has many Irish and Armenian details including shamrocks and grapes.