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Subject: Salmas County, Monastery of Surp Gevork of Goms, Surp Khach Monastery, Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church, Yerevan, Holy Mother of God Cathedral, Vagharshapat
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Sourp Asdvadzadzin (Sarnaq)

Sourp Asdvadzadzin
Basic information
Location Sarnaq, Iran
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Province West Azerbaijan Province
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Completed 1625
Height (max) 6.5m
Sourp Asdvadzadzin ("Holy Mother of God", Armenian: Սուրբ Աստվածածին) is an Armenian Apostolic stone masonry church in Sarnaq, Iran. The church was built in 1625.[1][2] The church was built 6.5 metres high, with six columns. It spans 15x10 metres. The building material was 'yellow stones' and basalt. The church was renovated in the 19th century. There are a number of tombstones around the church, possibly belonging to members of a wealthy family that financed its renovation.[2]

The church was damaged in the 1930 Salmas earthquake, its western wall, wooden roof and three out of four central pillars fell down.[1] As of 2013, only the northern wall remains intact. The southern wall of the church has completely fallen down.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Berberian, M. and J.S. Tchalenko. Field study and document of the 1930 Salmas (Shahpur - Azerbaijan) earthquake, published in Geol. Surv. Iran, 39, 271-342, 1976
  2. ^ a b c

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