|Artavazik Church |
Artavazik Church with a large khachkar monument seen behind the church across the ravine.
|Affiliation||Armenian Apostolic Church|
|Location||Byurakan, Aragatsotn Province, Armenia|
|Type||Small cruciform central-plan|
|Completed||7th century, with a 13th-century khachkar monument behind.|
|Dome(s)||1 (collapsed); bellfry drum preserved (bellfry dome collapsed).|
Artavazik Church (Armenian: Արտավազիկ եկեղեցի) of the 7th century is located in a stone field one kilometer northeast just a little outside the village of Byurakan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The name of the church goes back to the Armenian king at the time, presumed to be the founder.
The church is a small cruciform monocoque type structure with a long west arm and semicircular eastern apse that is narrower by far than the other three arms. In the northeast corner adjacent to the apse is a "study" or prayer room. Large portions of walls and a section of the gable roof at the western end are preserved, as well as a large section of the lower-drum of a belfry that rests above the front entry. The belfry had been added in the 13th century but has recently collapsed. Four tall and thin columns stood on the rim of a lower drum and once supported a slightly narrower upper drum with a small conical dome above. A small portion of their footings may still be seen attached to the base drum. These lower and upper drums were both decorated with interwoven geometric knot designs that encircled the structural elements. There was originally a large octagonal drum and dome that stood above the center of the church before the collapse of its main roof. Close to the church to the southwest are the remains of the badly damaged main dome.
- Dum-Tragut, Jasmine (2008), Armenien: 3000 Jahre Kultur zwischen West und Ost, Berlin, Germany: Trescher Verlag
- Brady Kiesling, Rediscovering Armenia, p. 15; original archived at Archive.org, and current version online on Armeniapedia.org.
- Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide, Yerevan, Armenia: Matit Graphic Design Studio
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