The Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates on 4 December St. Abgar, the First Martyr of the Church and the first king believing in Christ, qahana.am reports. According to the tradition St. Abgar [an Assyrian] was the first Christian king of the 1st century, the son of the Parthian king Arshakunie Arsham. He was also called "senior man" as he was the wisest of all and of genius.
France -- In the heart of the Beaufortain, at 1100 meters above sea level, the Saint-Jacques of Assyria church is one of the most famous places in the Savoyard Baroque art scene. Built between 1666 and 1672, it has a rich decoration. The bulbous bell tower, typical of Alpine Baroque art, is one of the most majestic and elaborate in the region.
A Christian scroll found in a Japanese museum is believed to be from the earliest days of Christianity in the country, researchers have said. The scroll measures about 10.5 feet long and about nine inches high, and depicts 15 scenes from the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Historic documents unearthed during excavations in Anatolia's oldest international trade center, Assyrian Trade colony Kaniş-Karum, have revealed that women made commercial deals and impressed their seal 4,000 years ago.
By Sasa Jovanovic
It was by a stroke of fate and a seating algorithm that on an EasyJet flight I met Nino. Romi and I were on our return flight from London. While traveling in pairs is normally not an issue, on a plane with three-seat aisles, the third seat is left to chance.
By Salaam al-Shamaa
Baghdad -- It does not seem that the 3,000-year-old Royal Library of Ashurbanipal in Mosul will reopen soon, even though international institutions and universities pledged to donate hundreds of titles to the project. This library was one of the victims of the war and the fighting between the Islamic State and the Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilisation Forces. The library stopped operating in 2014.