Katoghike Tsiranavor Church of Avan, Yerevan

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Holy Mother of God Katoghike Church of Avan is a ruined 6th century church located in the Avan district of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. It is the oldest surviving church inside Yerevan's city limits.
The church of Katoghike was built in the late 6th century, between the years 591 or 595-602, by the pro-Byzantine Catholicos Hovhannes Bagavanetsi as his headquarters. He was installed as prelate of Byzantine Armenia by the Byzantine emperor Mauricius. The headquarters of his rival, the pro-Persian Catholicos, was located in Dvin. Adjacent to the church on the north side are the foundations of the palatial residence of Catholicos Hovhannes, thought to have been constructed before the church around the years 581-582. According to the 7th-century Armenian historian Sebeos, both structures were built under the Catholicos' supervision. The church is believed to have been dedicated to the Apostles. In the year 602 the Persian King Khosrov II seized Avan, and having eliminated the Avanian Catholicos, transformed the complex into a monastery.
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  • The Avan Temple (591-602) is one of the first examples of censored-domed cruciform buildings. It is called the Cathedral because it was the residence of the Catholicos Hovannes Bagaranzi. Interesting detail, a jumper over the south door from the interior in the form of a fish-vishap.
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  • In a suburb of Yerevan stopped suddenly at a small church. Very historical and unusual place. Range of lots of greenery, very beautiful landscapes. People a little bit. Many locals walked nearby.
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