Surp Hovhannes Church of Byurakan

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Surp Hovhannes Church
Սուրբ Յովհաննէս եկեղեցի
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The basilica of Surp Hovhannes in Byurakan
Surp Hovhannes Church of Byurakan is located in Armenia
Surp Hovhannes Church of Byurakan
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Basic information
Location Byurakan, Aragatsotn Province,  Armenia
Geographic coordinates 40°20′24″N 44°16′13″E / 40.3400°N 44.2703°E / 40.3400; 44.2703Coordinates: 40°20′24″N 44°16′13″E / 40.3400°N 44.2703°E / 40.3400; 44.2703
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Basilica without dome
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 10th century

Surp Hovhannes Church (Armenian: Սուրբ Յովհաննէս եկեղեցի; translates to the "Church of Saint John") is an important 10th century basilica located in the village of Byurakan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Not very far away from S. Hovhannes in the same village, are the ruins of the Artavazik Church of the 7th century with a huge 13th-century khachkar monument directly across the ravine from the structure.

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Surp Hovhannes has two portals that lead into the building. The main entrance is from the side of the church, and has an inscription upon the lintel above the portal. Indications of the structure's age can be seen in the temple style steps leading up to S. Hovhannes and the Maltese Crosses carved into the façade.

Khachkars and other decorative stones may be found around the premises.

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