Surp Astvatsatsin Church of Karbi

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Surp Astvatsatsin Church
Սուրբ Աստվածածին եկեղեցի
Karbi Church.JPG
The belfry of S. Astvatsatsin at Karbi, September 2009.
Surp Astvatsatsin Church of Karbi is located in Armenia
Surp Astvatsatsin Church of Karbi
Shown within Armenia
Basic information
Location Karbi, Aragatsotn Province,  Armenia
Geographic coordinates 40°19′55″N 44°22′35″E / 40.331981°N 44.376405°E / 40.331981; 44.376405Coordinates: 40°19′55″N 44°22′35″E / 40.331981°N 44.376405°E / 40.331981; 44.376405
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Triple-nave Basilica; rectangular plan outside
Architectural style Armenian
Completed Church: 1691-1693; belfry: 1338
Specifications
Dome(s) 0 domes; 1 cupola centered above the basilica; 1 belfry in front

The church of Surp Astvatsatsin (Armenian: Սուրբ Աստվածածին; meaning Holy Mother of God) is located just off of the main highway through the village of Karbi in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The basilica was completed between the years of 1691-1693, while the belfry was built earlier in 1338.

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S. Astvatsatsin is a triple-nave basilica, with a single gable roof covering the entire body of the structure and a small off-centered cupola. Several large khachkars are embedded into the exterior walls of the church. A large two-storey belfry it situated in front of the eastern end of the church. The belfry is a separate structure from the basilica. It has a large archway that serves as the support for the upper cupola. The cupola is supported by eight columns and has a conical dome above.

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