Capital, Zvartnots Cathedral

Illustration

Ibolya Horvath
by ReflectedSerendipity
published on 17 January 2018

Zvartnots is the oldest and largest aisled tetraconch church in historical Armenia. It was built in the middle of the 7th century CE, under the instructions of the Catholicos Nerses III (r. 641-661 CE). Four column capitals decorated with eagles once stood in front of the cathedral’s four main piers, facing the ambulatory. The eagle with outstretched wings was a potent symbol of imperial Byzantine power.

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