Monuments of cultur in the town Artik


Artik and its surroundings are rich with the monuments of Armenian culture. In that area tombs from the ancient times built from layers of tuff were discovered. Various high calibre clay pots, bronze daggers, sard and agate necklaces, tips of spears, iron knives were also found. All items found belonged to the period of 14-13cc, 12-11cc, 10-9cc B.C. Artik's materialistic culture is important not only because it gives us a chance to explore the ways of life of the Aragats ancient population, but it also shows us the connection between the Armenian culture and that of the ancient East’s civilizations.

Two churches of the 5th and 7th cc. were preserved, together with a cemetery of a later period (only partially excavated). To the south-east of the city (Haritch direction) in the cave of a ravine, there is a church of later period, and 2 km. to the south, on top of the hill is where Lmbatavank is located. Artik is also rich with great examples of the architecture of the people. Dwellings with vaulted roofings (now ruined), mills (now ruined), whose water pipes were made of massive pieces of tuff.

Interesting example of the Armenian midcentury architecture is Artik’s small church called Marine, or St.Astvatzatzin (Holy Virgin) (4-5cc.). The church has three altars at the eastern side, and above the north-eastern altar there are remnants of the fresco. The Marine church which was the first one created with the vaulted ceilings, which increased its important role of the Armenian architecture development.

Artik’s large church St.Gevorg belongs to the group of churches called «Mastara Type», made of tuff and whose architectural elements were characteristically of the 7th century.

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