Armenian Churches (24 postcards)

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24 postcards with the drawings of Levon Lachikyan provide a general impression on successive phases of the Armenian church art development. It is noteworthy, that due to the fine and highly exquisite performance, the well-known monuments acquired a new sonority, engulfing the observer with spiritual-sensual mood. Each scenic postcard besides having an artistic importance, also provides laconic descriptions on the reverse. For many centuries, the architecture was the paramount sphere of the Armenian culture. From the III millennium B.C. and on, when the Armenian highland was completely under the umbrella of one cultural unit, robust traditions gradually commenced to form. The national image and identity of the Armenian architecture, however, was formed in the early IVc., when in 301, Armenia was the first to adopt Christianity as a state religion. According to the ancient Armenian historians, Gregory the Illuminator and King Tiridates III built the first churches in place of pagan temples, thereby linking centuries-old sites with a new religion. Already in the IV-Vcc. various types of constructions were formed and in the VII century the main line of its development was the construction of central domed type churches. That century is considered the Golden era of the Armenian architecture when there were founded churches in Mastara, Ptgheni, Arouj, St. Hripsime and St. Gayane in Etchmiadzin, Bagavan and Talin, Harijavank and certainly the masterpiece of the Armenian architecture Zvartnots Cathedral. In the medieval Armenia (IX-XIVcc.) the architectural schools of Ani, Lori, Syunik and Vaspurakan came forth, and such famous architects as Tiridates, Manvel, Siranes and Momik appeared in the arena. Our medieval churches and monasteries memorialized the Armenian life and spirit. Over centuries, they underwent all those trials that the entire Armenia and the Armenian people did: they were destroyed, entirely ruined, and then reconstructed and repaired giving birth to the new ones also far beyond Armenia. Many of them became masterpieces of all-Christian architecture and art.
Compiler(s) Mariam Lachikyan
Language(s) Armenian, English
Publisher(s) Edit Print
Year 2020
Pages 25
Printing Color
Size 16.5 x 12 cm

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