Mastara

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For the town in Armavir province, see Dalarik
Mastara
Մաստարա
Street in the village of Mastara.
Street in the village of Mastara.
Mastara  Մաստարա is located in Armenia
Mastara  Մաստարա
Mastara
Մաստարա
Coordinates: 40°26′53″N 43°52′54″E / 40.44806°N 43.88167°E / 40.44806; 43.88167Coordinates: 40°26′53″N 43°52′54″E / 40.44806°N 43.88167°E / 40.44806; 43.88167
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Aragatsotn
Area
 • Total 2.42 km2 (0.93 sq mi)
Elevation 1,745 m (5,725 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,571
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zone GMT+4 (UTC+4)
Postal code 0511

Mastara (Armenian: Մաստարա) is a village in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The 5th-century Armenian Church of S. Hovhannes is situated in the northeastern half of the village, while the church of S. Stepanos Nakhava sits on a hilltop to the north. There is also the small medieval Tukh Manuk Church in the village to the southeast.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Mastara is thought to be derived from the words mas, meaning "a piece", and tara, "I buried/took". This comes from the popular legend that Gregory the Illuminator brought back relics of John the Baptist from Caesaria, a fragment of which he enshrined beneath the Church of S. Hovhannes.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kiesling, Brady; Kojian, Raffi (2005). Rediscovering Armenia: Guide (2nd ed.). Yerevan: Matit Graphic Design Studio. p. 49. ISBN 99941-0-121-8.