CULTURE


Ganjasar Monastery Complex – Azerbaijan's Albanian Christian heritage

Baku, March 29, AZERTAC

There is a large number of monuments on the territory of ancient Azerbaijani land of Karabakh, which includes monasteries and temples, churches and mosques, fortress, caravansaries, bridges, baths, and houses.

Ganjasar Monastery Complex is one of the prominent monuments of Caucasian Albania located on the territory of Karabakh.

The architecture of the monastery is a cross-cupola composition. Its sources come from the 7th-11th centuries.

There are two prolonged rooms with the semicircular apse between them in the corner of the building. In the low corners of the building, there are the choirs. The drum of the temple is round inside and it is composed of eight pairs of thin semi-columns with crossing suspension arches. The decoration of the drum has got a meaning, which is made by sculptural images. The architecture of the stalactite vault which is lean on the compound system of the tiered stalactites is the compositional main body of the narthex.

It is known that Armenian scientist-falsifiers in every way possible try to prove that Caucasian Albania and all its architecture relate to historic Armenia.

Architectural planning and constructional methods of the monuments of Caucasian Albania differ a lot from the architectural monuments of Armenia. Albanian architects of Azerbaijan had their own, distinct architectural planning and building methods.

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