Cathedral of Mren
|Cathedral of Mren|
Mren in the early 20th century
|Affiliation||Armenian Apostolic Church|
|Location||Digor (District), Kars|
|Type||Three-nave basilica with dome|
The Cathedral of Mren is a 7th-century Armenian church in an abandoned medieval town site called Mren. It is located in the Kars region of Turkey near the border with Armenia, about 1.5 km west of the Akhurian River.
The church of Mren is a domed triple-nave basilica, believed, on the basis of an inscription on its west facade and on stylistic features, to have been built 631–639. It was built by an Armenian ally of the emperor Heraclius to celebrate his entry into Jerusalem in 628.
- Odzun Church, an architecturally similar and contemporaneous three-nave basilica with dome in Odzun, Armenia
- Kouymjian, Dickran. "Index of Armenian Art: Armenian Architecture - Mren". Armenian Studies Program. California State University, Fresno. Archived from the original on 2008-06-20.
- Maranci, Christina, "New Observations on the Frescoes at Mren," Revue des Études Arméniennes 35 (2013): 203–225.
- Thierry, Michel and Nicole, "La cathédral de Mren et sa decoration," Cahiers Archaéologiques 21 (1971): 43–77.
- The Cathedral of Mren on VirtualAni.org
- The Cathedral of Mren[permanent dead link] on Gagik Arzumanyan's photo gallery
- Mren Cathedral at the Rensselaer Digital Collections
- 3D model of Mren
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