Saint John the Baptist Church, Abovyan

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Coordinates: 40°16′33″N 44°37′53″E / 40.27583°N 44.63139°E / 40.27583; 44.63139

Saint John the Baptist Church
Սուրբ Հովհաննես Մկրտիչ Եկեղեցի
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Saint John the Baptist Church
AffiliationDiocese of Kotayk, Armenian Apostolic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusactive
Year consecrated2013
Armenia Kotayk, Armenia
Architect(s)Artak Ghulyan
Groundbreaking24 August 2006
Completed14 May 2013
Height (max)50 meters

Saint John the Baptist Church (Armenian: Սուրբ Հովհաննես Մկրտիչ Եկեղեցի, Surp Hovhannes Mkrtich) is a monumental Armenian Apostolic church in the town of Abovyan, Kotayk Province, Armenia.


The construction was launched in August 2006 and funded by the Armenian businessman Gagik Tsarukyan. After a 7-year duration of construction works, the church was finally consecrated in May 2013 by Catholicos Karekin II, with the presence of then-president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and former president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan.[1]

The main architect of the church is Artak Ghulyan, and the constructional engineers are Hovhannes Meyroyan and Tigran Dadayan. The internal paintings are the works of Abraham Azaryan and Hayk Azaryan. However, the architectural team of the church grouped around 40 painters, sculptors and architects.[2]