Varzahan Monastery

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Varzahan
Վարզահան
Varzahan bachmann 1911.png
Varzahan Monastery in 1911.
Varzahan Monastery is located in Turkey
Varzahan Monastery
Shown within Turkey
Basic information
Location near Uğrak village
Geographic coordinates 40°20′00″N 40°07′00″E / 40.333333°N 40.116667°E / 40.333333; 40.116667Coordinates: 40°20′00″N 40°07′00″E / 40.333333°N 40.116667°E / 40.333333; 40.116667
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Status demolished sometime between the 1920s and the mid-1950s[1]
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 12th century

Varzahan (Armenian: Վարզահան, Turkish: Uğrak Kiliseleri or Varzahan Kiliseleri ), was an Armenian church founded in the 12th century near village Uğrak (formerly Varzahan), 10 km northwest of Bayburt, in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region.

History[edit]

Situated in a settlement called Varzahan in Upper Armenia province of Historical Armenia's northern part. Varzahan was a large Armenian settlement in a 5.7 miles northwest to the Baberd city ( now Bayburt ) of a northernmost district of Upper Armenia called Sper. Most of its population was massacred by Turks during 18th century. The monastery was damaged in the same period. The archaeologist Austin Henry Layard has described this place in 1849 while travelling from Trebizond to Mosul. Austin Henry Layard said:
---The only place of any interest, passed during our ride, was a small Armenian village, the remains of a larger, with the ruins of three early Christian churches, or Baptisteries.---

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Ruines d'eglise Georgienes[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Revue des Études Arméniennes, volume 2, 1965, page 184

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