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Aghtamar monastery and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

The Aghtamar monastery and cathedral that sit on Aghtamar island were built by Armenians in the 10th century AD. It existed as a monastic site and community until 1915 when the community was destroyed. By 1951 the whole site was abandoned, extensively vandalised and was set for demolition, fortunately it was saved. It has undergone extensive and somewhat damaging restoration in recent years often not sympathetic to the sites original construction. The carvings that adorn its outer walls are among the most fascinating aspects of the Cathedral.

Creator

Joshua Bryant

Date of Visit

18th May 2015

Contributor

Joshua Bryant

Rights

Metadata and all media released under Creative CommonsCreative Commons BY-NC-SA unless otherwise indicated

Type

Architecture

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Collection

Van

Item Type

Architecture

Citation

Joshua Bryant, “Aghtamar monastery and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed July 16, 2018, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/451.

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