Architecture of Armenia
Church in Sevan
Much of Armenia's most notable architecture is either
historic church architecture or more recent soviet architecture. As the first country
in the world to make Christianity its official religion, Armenia also has some of,
if not the oldest still used churches in the world.
The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was first built in 301-303 and remains to this day as
the head of the Armenian Orthodox Church. Since it was originally built, the church
has undergone a number of renovations, particularly in the 400s, 600s, and 1600s.
Since it was built, the style has influenced many churches in Armenia,
Georgia, and even other Eastern Orthodox churches which
later arose in Byzantium.
Church architecture continued to develop in Armenia and
the Medieval Ages experienced rock shrewn churches, with the Monastery of Geghard
acting as the best example. The historic heart of what can be seen today was built
in the 1200s as it was carved out of the adjoining cliff.