Thursday, February 06, 2014

Monastery of Sanahin - ARMENIA - UNESCO #777

My first postcard from Armenia! It's such a nice feeling when I get the chance to create a new country label, specially one with so few postcrossers. The monastery we see on this card was built in the Lori province more than 1000 years ago and is classified by UNESCO as WHS, so my collection rises to 295 different sites, 686 more and I'm done. Thank you so much Emanuela for the beautiful card, I really love it! This postcard took 34 days to arrive!
UNESCO #777 - Sanahin monastery (X century) - ARMENIA
The Haghpat and Sanahin Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centres of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region.

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