Back Façade of Zorats Church

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 05 April 2018

This is the backside of the Zorats Church. The Zorats Church is a church built on a hill overlooking the Yeghegis River in present-day Armenia. The church was built in the early 14th century CE and dedicated by Bishop Stepanos Tarsayitch who was a grandson of an Orbelian prince. Armenia was at this time a contested territory between various Turkish tribes. Zorats Church is unique among Armenian churches in that it has no inner hall -- the only roofed spaces are the eastern altar apse and its two annexes, which are open to a large yard. The church is said to be created so that Armenian warriors could receive the sacrament and blessings before going to battle.



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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