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Detail - symbol of the univers - of the drum of the dome, seen from west side



This subdivision of unitary structures, that is, where the figures are separated from one another by architectural elements, is a novelty in 12th-13th century Armenian art. There is yet another interesting relief on the west facade of the church of great artistic value: a crucifixion, which after the construction of the gavit', is fully visible only from the gavit' roof. At the sides of the broad cross, decorated with plaiting, are two kneeling men turning towards Christ, rather similar to the patron-builders on the dome . The Gandzasar church has many other relief figures: the head of a bull and an eagle with outstretched wings on the dome; a bird in archaic style on the west wall; and a partidge on the south wall.


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The monastery of Gandzasar