Saint Sarkis Church of Tsovinar

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Saint Sarkis Church
Սուրբ Սարգիս եկեղեցի
Surb Sarkis of Tsovinar.JPG
Front façade of Saint Sarkis Church
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
LocationTsovinar, Gegharkunik Province,  Armenia
Saint Sarkis Church of Tsovinar is located in Armenia
Saint Sarkis Church of Tsovinar
Shown within Armenia
Geographic coordinates40°08′26″N 45°30′38″E / 40.1406°N 45.5106°E / 40.1406; 45.5106Coordinates: 40°08′26″N 45°30′38″E / 40.1406°N 45.5106°E / 40.1406; 45.5106
TypeSmall single-aisle basilica
Completed12th to 13th centuries

The small church of Saint Sarkis (Armenian: Սուրբ Սարգիս եկեղեցի; pronounced Surp Sarkis) is located in the foothills south of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. The structure was built between the 12th to 13th centuries and sits south of the village of Tsovinar on a promontory overlooking a small gorge. It has no dome, and a nearly flat roof covered in living grass. The church was allegedly "rebuilt" in the 20th century, but it is more likely that the roof and some of the stonework had just been repaired. Surrounding Surp Sarkis is a small cemetery of medieval graves, and just below the church in the ravine is a spring and cave.




  • Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide, Yerevan, Armenia: Matit Graphic Design Studio