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Cover illustration: details from the west façade of the Church of the Holy Cross of Ałt‘amar: King Gagik Arcruni holding a model of his church and angels holding a medallion with a cross. Cover concept by Artyom Ter-Markosyan Vardanyan.

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Names: Pogossian, Zaroui, editor. | Vardanyan, Edda, editor.

Title: The Church of the Holy Cross of Ałt‘amar : politics, art, spirituality in the Kingdom of Vaspurakan / edited by Zaroui Pogossian, Edda Vardanyan.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2019. | Series: Armenian texts and studies, 2405-7045 ; volume 3 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Articles in English and French.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019023108 (print) | LCCN 2019023109 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004400382 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004400993 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Surb Khachʻ Ekeghetsʻi (Van İli, Turkey) | Armenian Church—Turkey—Van Ili—History. | Church architecture—Armenia—History. | Church architecture—Turkey—History.

Classification: LCC BX128.S876 C4 2019 (print) | LCC BX128.S876 (ebook) | DDC 281/.620956628—dc23

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ISSN 2405-7045

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The Church of the Holy Cross of Ałt‘amar

Politics, Art, Spirituality in the Kingdom of Vaspurakan


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