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Armenia, Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 04, 2009 at 11:22:42

Location Kotayk' Region, near the village of Goght, Armenia
Coordinates N40 9 32.004 E44 47 48.012
Type Cultural
Property 2.70 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/960 )

The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley.

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Monastery of Geghard Monastery of Geghard

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Armenia, Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 04, 2009 at 11:01:42

Location Armavir Region, Armenia
Coordinates N40 9 33.516 E44 17 42.504
Type Cultural
Property 74 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1011 )

The cathedral and churches of Echmiatsin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region.

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Echmiadzin Cathedral Zvartnots Cathedral

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Armenia, Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 04, 2009 at 06:19:17

Location Villages of Haghpat and Sanahin, Lorri Region, Armenia
Coordinates N41 5 42 E44 42 37.008
Type Cultural
Property 2.65 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/777 )

These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centres of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region.

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Amenaprkich church, Sanahin monastery Church of Sourb Nshan, Haghpat Monastery

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