Construction of St.
Hagop Armenian Church
Pinellas Park Florida, USA
St. Hagop was
designed to have traditional Armenian architecture
and is modeled on the cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin,
located near the Armenian capital of Yerevan. To
make the church as identical as possible, they
are importing a distinctive bricks made of
tufa, a red basalt stone native to the Armenia. This
is going to be the only church in America with red
Using the stone in the construction of the church
also will require specially skilled workers from
Armenia, which will delay the completion of the
sanctuary until February 2007.