Built during the reign of King Gagik in the late 10th and early 11th centuries AD and intended to be a copy of the cathedral of Zvartnots (in modern day Armenia). The architect of the Ani cathedral was commissioned to build Gagik's church but flaws in its design meant it was very unstable. Attempts to strengthen the church failed and it collapsed not long after. Gagik's famous church was lost until the excavations of Nikolai Marr revealed it's location.
Sadly due to time constraints further investigation and collection of images of this church were not possible during my visit.
Date of Visit
16th May 2015
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Joshua Bryant, “Church of St Gregory of King Gagik,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed November 14, 2018, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/507.