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Saint Mariane Church, Ashtarak

#6 of 10 in Historic Sites in Ashtarak
Church · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Saint Marianeh church, also known as Saint Marineh, is a medieval Armenian church located in the town of Ashtarak in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Nearby are the churches of Karmravor, Spitakavor, Tsiranavor, and Surp Sarkis. There is also a unique bridge of 1664 in the gorge nearby. Saint Marianeh church is clearly visible from across the gorge at Saint Sargis church. The church sits adjacent to Smbat Shahaziz road, between Perch Proshyan and Parpetsi roads though it is easiest reached via a vacant lot southeast of the complex.
Saint Marianeh church was built in 1271, and has proportions peculiar to the given period of its construction. It has a rectangular plan from the exterior and a cruciform central-plan from the interior, and two-tiered side-chapels join the apse from the western and eastern sides. Of particular interest is the church's drum that is circular from the interior and decahedral from the exterior. A tall dome rests on top. Fa├žades of the church, drum, and dome are simply adorned with cruciform decorations around the rectangular windows. The main portal into the structure is at the southern wall, with a belfry over this wing built in 1838. Another portal leads into the church from the western wall. Adjacent to the western wing of the church, is an unfinished 20th century basilica with the remainders of a fortified wall built of unprocessed blocks of basalt.
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  • In the north-eastern part of Ashtarak (Aragatsotn region) among the crooked streets and low houses stands out the slender silhouette of the Church of Marine (Miriam). It was built in XIII century and....  more »
  • A very average Armenian church. It was a nice stop, but I'd recommend visiting this church only if you need to fill time and only if you're already seen Ashtarak's better sites like the Ashtarak...  more »

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