Although there are many groups of khachkars in Armenia, nowhere can rival the impression made by the approximately 900 examples in the field of khachkars at Noratus.
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Khor Virap Monastery is famous above all as the place where King Trdat III imprisoned St Gregory the Illuminator for 13 years in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries, and it is still possible to visit the subterranean cell where he was kept.
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The new (2013) St John the Baptist Church in the town of Abovian.
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Western visitors familiar with biblical narratives will have no difficulty in recognising what most of the frescoes depict at Akhtala Monastery.
Paintings for sale inside Goshavank Monastery – the earliest part of the complex, the Mother of God Church, dates from 1191.
A beautiful view of the mountainous landscape around Mount Maymekh.
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An elaborately carved stone cross in tuff, one of the modern alphabet letters at Oshakan – Armenia is known for its spectacular intricate stonework.
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Intended to surpass even Ejmiatsin Cathedral by its grandeur, Zvartnots Cathedral was decorated with frescoes and had 32 equal sides. It was destroyed in 930, probably by an earthquake.
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Harichavank was founded by the 7th century and expanded during the 13th. Most of the ancillary buildings were added after 1850 when the Katholikos moved his summer residence here.
Created by sculptor Sargis Baghdasarian in Soviet times, the statue ‘We Are Our Mountains’ near Stepanakert looks like an elderly couple in national costume. It is intended to symbolise the unity of the Karabagh people with their mountains.
The view from the Cascade over the Tamanian Sculpture Park to the Spendiarian Opera House and Khachaturian Concert Hall.
A close-up of khachkars in Noratus – khachkars, carved memorial stones, are an important, conspicuous, and beautiful feature of Armenian decorative art.
Makaravank, on the slopes of Mount Paytar, is beautifully situated with fine views over the Aghstev Valley and into Azerbaijan. The monastery is noted for its fine carving.
The Mother of God Church at Sevanavank is home to an elaborately carved khachkar.
Surrounded by walls, Gandzasar Monastery in Nagorno Karabagh is a cross-dome church with its 16-sided tambour topped by an umbrella cupola.
Brightly coloured roses for sale in front of the opera house in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
An ornately carved foundation in Yerevan.
The two-story Mother of God Church at Noravank.
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Detail on a wood portico at Ejmiatsin Cathedral – the frescoes, the use of marble for floor and balustrade, the embroidered curtains, and the candles and crosses on the holy table give a much more decorative feel to the building than exists in any other church in Armenia.
In May, exuberant swathes of brilliantly coloured wildflowers clothe the countryside and will continue to do so through June before the heat of summer comes in July.
Probably apricots, native to Armenia, are the most famous produce, but in season markets (such as the one pictured) and the ubiquitous roadside vendors pile their stalls with fresh produce.
Ejmiatsin became the spiritual centre for Armenia’s Christians shortly after the country’s conversion in the early 4th century.