Architectural Ruins from Arates Monastery in Armenia

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 06 April 2018

Arates Monastery in Armenia is built on top of a hill and overlooks the Arates tributary of the Yeghegis River. The monastery's name came from the combination of “ari” ("come" in Armenian) and “tes” ("see" in Armenian). The group of half-ruined monuments consists of the St. Sion and the St. Astavatsatsin Churches, and two gavits. It is likely that the site dates back to the 7th century CE, but the oldest inscription dates only to the 9th century CE. Most of the ruins date from the 10-13th centuries CE, and the khachkars and tombstones date from between the 10-17th centuries CE.



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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