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Spitakavor Church of Ashtarak

Սպիտակավոր եկեղեցի
Spitakavor Church, October 2014
Spitakavor Church of Ashtarak is located in Armenia
Spitakavor Church of Ashtarak
Shown within Armenia
Basic information
Location Ashtarak, Aragatsotn Province,  Armenia
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Small cruciform central-plan
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 13th to 14th centuries

The church of Spitakavor (Karmravor, S. Mariane, and S. Sarkis. In the gorge is a unique bridge built in 1664.


  • Legend 1
  • Architecture 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
    • Bibliography 4.1
  • External links 5


According to a legend, three sisters lived in Ashtarak, all of whom fell in love with the same man, prince Sargis. The elder two sisters decided to commit suicide in favor of the youngest one. One wearing an cruciform type church constructed between the 13th to 14th centuries. It is apricot-orange in color, because of the tufa stone used for the construction of the building. Presently, only the walls remain since the roof, drum, and dome have collapsed. There is a main portal to the structure at the front façade, and another at the side of the church. Interior walls are flat except for the semi-circular apse located directly across from the main portal. Very little decoration adorns the church other than some cruciform relief found on the exterior walls.




  • Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide,  

External links

  • Armenian Architectural Studies
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