Unique Khatchkar at Haghpat Monastery

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Comments (5)

Amelia Royan on September 1, 2011

What a fascinating place dear Art, it looks very ancient. I love all the detailed carvings on the Khatchkar. There seems to be a little 'house' within the monastery.

Warm wishes from the UK, Amelia

Art Anderson on September 1, 2011

Amelia, Thanks for visiting and your kind comments on this photo. I keep returning to my photos from our bicycle trip around Armenia because the details are so fascinating. I see what you mean about the small 'house' inside this corridor of the monastery. It could be a small special chapel or possibly a previous building that was incorporated into the larger structure. In the history of Christianity there are many examples of smaller more humble chapels being kept inside of newer and more elaborate churches as the years pass. I saw small chapels associated with other churches and monasteries I visited in Armenia but I missed the opportunity to ask an Armenian to tell me about it. The Khatchkars are especially important to the Armenian Orthodox Christians. Just across the Northern border the Georgian Orthodox Christians do not have Khatchkars but build their churches along similar architectural designs. The Khatchkar in the above photo may be the only one in Armenia that depicts Christ upon the cross. All the rest are of crosses with elaborate patterns. I was asked to join a Pano-Group concentrating on the beauty of Armenia. Hopefully, one of these fine folks can answer the questions you raised that I could not answer. Best regards dear friend. -Art

Art Anderson on September 1, 2011

Amelia, Here is a tiny chapel tucked next to the huge Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul my friend Fred photographed at the Tatev Monastery. The open arches next to it suggest that it too may have been covered by a roof of the cathedral that has since collapsed. You can also see it in this marvelous photo of Tatev by Alexander Naumov Best regards, -Art

mardrl on September 12, 2011

Nice one art! It looks to be a very interesting place.

Art Anderson on September 12, 2011

Hi Margot, Thanks for commenting. My interest in Armenia has really taken flight after I visited there last October, and it is amazing to be standing in spots where early churches had to be fortresses in order to persist. Also, it is interesting to see how Khatchkars, icons of early christianity, may reflect ancient practices linked to the land where they are found. Best regards. -Art

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    by Art Anderson
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S90
    • Taken on 2010/09/15 18:18:40
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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