A group of children takes part in the religious ceremony The washing of the feet, officiated on the Holy Thursday, in the St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel Armenian Apostolic Cathedral (1911 – 1915) in Bucharest, Romania. According to the tradition, the parish priest washes and anoints with holy oil the feet of 12 boys (or children), this gesture symbolise the washing of the feet of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, in the evening of The Last Supper.

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A staircase leads to a secondary altar in the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, part of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

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The interior of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

The main altar of the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, part of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Gandzasar monastery is a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Decorations are seen on the exterior walls of the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, part of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Decorations are seen on the exterior walls of the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, part of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A woman helps her son to walk up the stairs in front of a secondary door of the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, part of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

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Tigranakert castle-museum near to the city of Tigranakert, built by Armenian King Tigran the Great (Ist century), dating back to the Hellenistic period. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian ornaments discovered in the church ruins (Vth-VIIth centuries) near the city of Tigranakert, built by Armenian King Tigran the Great (Ist century), dating back to the Hellenistic period. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian ornaments discovered in the church ruins (Vth-VIIth centuries) near the city of Tigranakert, built by Armenian King Tigran the Great (Ist century), dating back to the Hellenistic period. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Ancient church ruins (Vth-VIIth centuries) near the city of Tigranakert, built by Armenian King Tigran the Great (Ist century), dating back to the Hellenistic period. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Ancient church ruins (Vth-VIIth centuries) near the city of Tigranakert, built by Armenian King Tigran the Great (Ist century), dating back to the Hellenistic period. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

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The Church of Vanqasar is an VIIth century Armenian church near Tigranakert of Artsakh. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

The gate of Vanqasar church (VIIth century) near Tigranakert of Artsakh. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Mayraberd Askeran Fortress (built 1751) is situated in the town of Askeran, 14 km East from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the banks of the Qarqar River and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan and consists of two sections. The left-bank section features a double line of stone walls - 2m thick and 9m tall. The walls of this vanguard fort of Karkar valley stretch over 1.5km and during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the fortress served as the military headquarters for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians fighting against Azerbaijan. Askeran, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Mayraberd Askeran Fortress (built 1751) is situated in the town of Askeran, 14 km East from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the banks of the Qarqar River and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan and consists of two sections. The left-bank section features a double line of stone walls - 2m thick and 9m tall. The walls of this vanguard fort of Karkar valley stretch over 1.5km and during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the fortress served as the military headquarters for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians fighting against Azerbaijan. Askeran, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Mayraberd Askeran Fortress (built in 1751) is situated in the town of Askeran, 14 km East from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the banks of the Qarqar River and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan and consists of two sections. The left-bank section features a double line of stone walls - 2m thick and 9m tall. The walls of this vanguard fort of Karkar valley stretch over 1.5km and during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the fortress served as the military headquarters for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians fighting against Azerbaijan. Askeran, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A saleswoman makes "janghialov hats", a traditional dish made by a mix of 7-8 tipes of greens covered in dough, in a food market in Stepanakert. With a population of 140.000, the majority being Armenians, Nagorno Karabakh Republic aims to achieve political and economical stability. The high unemployment rate, low salaries and the lack of opportunities for the youngsters make the unrecognized republic to be a hard place to live. Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.


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