Armenian Church in Iran

Gorcin
Gorcin

July 24th, 2015, 7:26 pm #1

Hi everyone,

I am a PhD student doing some research on medieval Armenian architecture. I remember that some time ago I cam across a photo of an Armenian church in Iran that had carvings in a similar style to Aghtamar. Unfortunately, I did not write down any reference, and now I cannot find it! Can anybody help me? All I can find is St Thaddeus, but I don't think that's it.

By the way, does anybody know if there are any other Armenian churches with carvings as elaborate as those in Aghtamar? Thank you!

Cheers,

Gorcin
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VirtualAni
VirtualAni

July 25th, 2015, 9:54 pm #2

It does have some Aghtamar-style relief carvings. They depict scenes from a piece of Safavid-era Persian literature (I forget from exactly what work) rendered in a rather mechanical way (the same scenes are duplicated 4 times). Given that the church itself was designed to deliberately evoke Etchmiadzin, it is possible that the relief carvings were directly inspired by the vine-scroll reliefs at Aghtamar. I know of no other examples like the Aght'amar large scale figurative relief carvings though - elsewhere any similar figurative relief carving is generally restricted to tympanums or the flanking of doorways, such as at Surb Bartholomeos in Van region.
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