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Agarak

Agarak

The Agarak settlement is “multi-layered,” showing that people lived and build here in different historical…

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Stepanakert - Capital of Artsakh

Stepanakert - Capital of Artsakh

Nagorno (Mountainous) Karabakh Republic, also called Artsakh Republic by the locals, is located in the…

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Shushi

Shushi

Today’s city of Shushi was one of the 15 states of the Historic Armenia and…

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Secrets of Armenia

Secrets of Armenia

10 Days from 1032 USD

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Fascinating Mountains

Fascinating Mountains

7 Days from 561 EUR

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Mastara (St. Havhannes Church)

St. Hovhannes Church (Church of Saint John) also called Mastara is located in the same name village in Aragatsotn Region. Historical sources admit that Grigory the Illuminator brought with him the relics of St. John the Baptist from Caesarea  to this place and buried here. “Mas” is translated as “Relic.”

The inscription on the south and eastern walls indicate that the church dates back to the 7th century by Grigor priest. However, the further excavations reveal that on the place of the 7th-century construction an older church had been standing the traces of which are found in the interior of the church.

Reconstruction has been carried out for several times; in 891, 18th century and in 1889. The architectural concept of the cruciform central-plan domed church of St. Hovhannes in Mastara illustrates the transitional period when simple church compositions were replaced by more complex structures.

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