Lmbatavank Church, Artik

#9 of 13 in Historic Sites in Shirak Province
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Officially, the Saint Stephen Church of Lmbat Monastery, more commonly known as Lmbatavank, is a church located on a hillside southwest of the town of Artik in the Shirak Province of Armenia. It was constructed in the 7th-century and was dedicated to Saint Stephen.
The church of Saint Stephen has a cruciform centralised plan under a single octagonal drum with an octagonal-conical dome above. The four arms of the church have gable roofs. There is a single portal that leads into the building, and adjacent to the main entry of the church is another portal to a side chapel. Decorative elements are mostly circular shield-type patterns on the exterior of the structure, and are limited to the bell style arches above some of the windows, eaves, and cornices. On the eastern exterior façade of the church are some inscriptions, as well as a design of a low-relief cross pattée resting in the center of a circle located to the left of the lower window. This same cross variant can be seen on other churches in the Artik area; for example, on the rear façade of the 5th-century Surb Astvatsatsin Church/Surb Marine Church in the center of Artik, and also on the walls of the 7th-century Pemzashen Church.
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  • This small church is situated on a hill above the town of Artik. It is recommended to run, because the road is not very good for the Church. The Church itself is a very nice building, which has a small feature in the Interior. If it has entered the Church, you should look up directly above the entrance. There, a cross is installed, which was the last stone, and thus symbolizes the key to the Church.
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  • The Church is located on a hill above Artik and it can be reached only on foot by a square below, but since the road is not paved sometimes you must walk a longer stretch depending on the car that you have available. The Church is small and an octagonal drum supporting the dome that is characterized by some well-maintained frescos, which is rare for an Armenian Church.
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  • Lmbatavank is one of the most spectacular medieval Armenia monuments, where one can find the vision of Ezekiel prophet.
  • The door is locked....and I cannot see the frescoes inside. Its outward appearance is so so
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