Armenian Churches: Development of Style
Dr. Christina Maranci considers the evolution of architectural details and construction techniques that lend Armenian churches their distinctive style and form. Dating back to the conversion of Armenia to Christianity in the 4th century, the early churches were basilicas in the Byzantine style that developed into distinctively Armenian plans and elevations as early as in the 7th century. While construction techniques were further refined and developed over the centuries, what persists is a uniquely Armenian form that we readily recognize today. Set against the dramatic landscape of the Armenian highlands, these striking monuments are testaments to the ingenuity and lasting legacy of Armenian master builders.