Cathedral of Mren

Coordinates: 40°14′32″N 43°39′47″E / 40.242125°N 43.662953°E / 40.242125; 43.662953
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Cathedral of Mren
Mren in the early 20th century
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
LocationDigor District
Cathedral of Mren is located in Turkey
Cathedral of Mren
Shown within Turkey
Geographic coordinates40°14′32″N 43°39′47″E / 40.242125°N 43.662953°E / 40.242125; 43.662953
TypeThree-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 David Saharuni, an Armenian ally of the emperor Heraclius, to celebrate the latter's entry into Jerusalem in 628.


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Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

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