Agarak monastery

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Monastery of Agarak
Ագարակի վանք
Agarak monastery is located in Turkey
Agarak monastery
Shown within Turkey
Basic information
Location Turkey
Geographic coordinates 40°05′00″N 43°25′57″E / 40.0833°N 43.4326°E / 40.0833; 43.4326Coordinates: 40°05′00″N 43°25′57″E / 40.0833°N 43.4326°E / 40.0833; 43.4326
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Region Armenian upland
State Turkey
District Iĝdir province
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Destroyed by Turks in 1922[citation needed]
Status Ceased functioning as a monastery in 1920
Architectural description
Architect(s) Nerses Shinarar
Architectural type Armenian church
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 650 A.D.

Destroyed Armenian monastic complex of a few churches in Iĝdir province of modern Turkey.

Word formation[edit]

Monastery of Agarak was named by its settlement's name. Name Agarak is a historical name of the Egrek settlement in Iĝdir province of modern Turkey. Agarak (Armenian: Ագարակ) in Armenian for farm.

History[edit]

The monastery of Agarak was founded by Nerses Shinarar catholicos of Armenia sometime between 649-653 A.D. Agarak situated in the Jakatk' district of Historical Armenia's Ayrarat province that in 1918-1920 was attached to Surmari (acronym of words Saint Mary) district of Republic of Armenia in the 1920.

Current condition[edit]

The monastery today is a completely ruined structure in the village of Ekrek in Iĝdir province of Turkey.

Appearance[edit]

The monastery had a few churches and many well carved khachkar-monuments (cross-stones) nearby. Main church was named as Sourb Stephanos (Armenian: Սուրբ Ստեփանոս) (Saint Stephanus). Cross-domed church's roof had been tiled, and dome's top was made of a spherical stone crowned with a cross. Many architectural fragments had been founded around the churches, including remains of a medieval stele with a statue of a woman holding a model of a basilica-church in her arms.