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Surb Hovhannes Church
Սուրբ Յովհաննես Եկեղեցի
Byurakan Saint Hovhannes.JPG

The basilica of S. Hovhannes at Byurakan.

Basic information
Location Byurakan village, Aragatsotn Province, Template:Flag
Geographic coordinates 40°20′24″N 44°16′13″E / 40.3400°N 44.2703°E / 40.3400; 44.2703Coordinates: 40°20′24″N 44°16′13″E / 40.3400°N 44.2703°E / 40.3400; 44.2703
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Basilica without dome
Architectural style Armenian
Year completed 10th c.
Armenia location map
Shown within Armenia

Surb Hovhannes (Armenian: Սուրբ Յովհաննես Եկեղեցի; translates to the "Church of Saint John") is an important 10th century basilica located in the village of Byurakan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. There are two portals that lead into the building. The main entrance is from the side of the church, and has an inscription upon the lintel. Indications of the structure's age can be seen in the temple style steps leading up to S. Hovhannes and the Maltese Cross carved into the façade. Khachkars and other decorative stones may be found around the premesis. Not very far away from S. Hovhannes in the same village, are the ruins of the Artavazik Church of the 7th c. with a huge 13th c. khachkar monument directly across the ravine from the structure.



  • Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide, Yerevan, Armenia: Matit Graphic Design Studio 

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