Saint Sarkis Armenian Church in Carrollton, Texas, has been declared the U.S. Building of the year by World-Architects, an international association of architects and engineers. The church site spans more than 4.5 acres and includes a sanctuary and church building, youth center, gym, kitchen, offices and classrooms.
The church celebrated its first Sunday service last year on April 24, 2022, which coincides with the day dedicated to remembering the 1.5 million victims who lost their lives due to the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The church’s design reflects the theme of the day, with the walls of the sanctuary engraved with 1.5 million circular icons, each of which is uniquely designed to represent the lost lives. When seen from a distance, the designs merge into the sanctuary’s “Tree of Life”.
Christian Post reports:
Designed by architect David Hotson, the sanctuary building hearkens back to the architecture of what is considered to be the world’s first Christian nation of Armenia, which adopted Christianity in the early third century.
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