The Armenian Arts

1989 WordsFeb 18, 20188 Pages
The exquisite country of Armenia is found in the Southern Caucasus region, and it borders Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. With a history dating back all the way to 600 B.C., Armenia is considered the oldest Christian nation. Its capital, Yerevan, is the largest city and is well known for its tourist attractions. Armenia’s population is around ten million people. The Armenian Genocide, the tragic earthquake, and several wars with other nations have affected what this country stands for today. Armenia's fascinating architecture, music and dance, and textiles have all been greatly influenced by its ancient history and Christian heritage. Armenia’s ancient history and adoption of Christianity are shown in the elegant styles of this country’s architecture. Each monument has different features, but they all have the same characteristic; they are made out of stone. Some buildings are carved into a cave or mountain! You will likely find several architectural features in almost every monument. These features are stone cupolas and Khachkars. Many Armenian churches have stone cupolas. Stone cupolas are domes that sit on top of great big domes. Armenian architects use them as decoration or adornment. As you can probably imagine, these cupolas weigh a ton, which is why there are arches to help support them. Another key architectural feature you will definitely spot in Armenia is Khachkars, stone crosses. There are approximately 20,000 Khachkars in the country. These stone crosses
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