16.000 x 20.000 inches
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Karmravor Church Vii Century Armenia
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Armenia, known as the land of a thousand churches.
Karmravor (Armenian: Կարմրաւոր Եկեղեցի; meaning "reddish" because of the color of its dome) or Surb Astvatsatsin (Armenian: Սուրբ Աստուածածին, meaning Holy Mother of God) is a 7th century Armenian church built by priests Gregory and Manas. The church is located on the northeast side of the town of Ashtarak in Aragatsotn Marz, Armenia
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 apricot-orange dress and the other wearing a red dress, they threw themselves into the gorge. When the youngest sister found out, she put on a white dress and also threw herself into the gorge. Sargis then became a hermit and three small churches appeared at the edge of the gorge, named after the sisters' dress colors.
October 16th, 2009
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