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Saint Anna Church and Katoghike Church

Saint Anna Church and Katoghike Church
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Copyright: Piotr Fagasiewicz (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3963 W: 2 N: 6648] (33048)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-09
Categories: Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-05 12:01
Viewed: 879
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today picture from Yerevan.
Last year I was not able to show off this little church. It's better now.
I am also happy with the result of today's football match in Yerevan.
View of Anna Church (left) and Katoghike Church (right)

According to the scripts carved on one of the walls of Katoghike Church, the surviving structure dates back to 1264.

After the 1679 Yerevan earthquake, a large basilica named after the Holy Mother of God was built between 1693 and 1695, in the ancient Shahar district of Yerevan, occupying the western edge of the Katoghike Church. The new church was built of typical Armenian tuff stones and did not have dome. It belonged to the three-nave basilica type of the Armenian church architecture. The church With its prayer hall measuring 14.0 x 19.3 meters, and an outside perimeter of 16.4 x 28.4 meters, was considered one of the most capacious churches of old Yerevan. The church had entrances on the southern and western sides.In 1936, the basilica of the Holy Mother of God was demolished under the Soviet rule to make way for residential buildings and a linguistic institute at the Sayat-Nova Avenue. During the demolition, the 13th-century church of Katoghike was discovered encased within the structure of the large basilica. After protests from archaeologists, the church was preserved. Many old khachkars (cross-stones) were found in the walls of the demolished church dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries./wik

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11746 W: 126 N: 21107] (108743)
  • [2017-10-05 12:05]

Hi Piotr,lovely capture of this orthodox church of Yerevan,a long history as i can read,and now is very well preserved,the style remember me a lot the churches that i seen in Georgia,well done. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9127 W: 57 N: 15319] (56770)
  • [2017-10-05 12:06]

Hello Piotr,
Great photo of this church. The sunlight was amazing, especially in combination with the warm colours of the two church buildings. The smaller one looks so charming next to its big brother.

Hello Piotr, interesting churches shown here, partly similar style.Nice colors and great sharpness too. Interesting note. Greetings

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9579 W: 157 N: 15495] (123923)
  • [2017-10-05 12:49]

Czesc Piotr!
Ciekawe tak blisko siebie dwa koscioly.
Budulec robi wrazenie.
Fajna kolorystyka tego kamienia.
Podoba sie.
Milego wieczoru.

Dobro vcee.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepe crkve i detalji na fasadama, lep trenutak sa oblacima.
Zelim vam mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Beautifully displayed place and architecture, good contrast and sharpness, nice colors, nice moment.
Beautiful churches and details on the facades, a beautiful moment with the clouds.
I wish you a quiet night, all the best.

Hello Piotr, a lovely shot of the two churches side by side.
The sunlight has brought out the beautiful colours of the stonework, and all the features of the
distinctive architecture. I like the inclusion of the man walking by.
Regards Jean.

Hello Piotr
Congratulations with the 1-6 victory of the Polish football-team. I suppose you will excuse Armenia by posting this splendid picture of this charming church in Yerevan in a beautiful warm sunlight.
Excellent work. Groet Rob

Hi Piotr
such a strange couple of subjects. very photogenic.
I can't help but want to go inside the small one on the right, looks so charming and weird, but all in a good way. lovely warm light and excellent exposure as always. cheers

Oi, Piotr!

A arquitetura dessas igrejas săo bem interessantes, achei muito bonita. As cores delas também săo bonitas. Luz e enquadramento excelentes.
Bela foto!

Hi Piotr,
Nice architecture, pleasant color with this warm light, well captured, tfs.

Hi Piotr,

The trees are framing well the church. The point of view is showing the details of the St.Anna and Katoghike churches. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Good morning Piotr,
The fine light brought out best of colors of the church complex.
Placed nicely within the frame and against the trees and sky in contrast.
Best regards,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10114 W: 144 N: 25302] (123269)
  • [2017-10-05 21:56]

cześć Piotrze,

Ładnie pokazane te dwa kościoły, zwłaszcza ten maleńki jest uroczy. Ładna kompozycja i kolory.
Ja byłam 6 dni w Albanii, a potem przyjechałam na tydzień na Korfu, więc udało mi sie duzo zobaczyć. Miałam wspaniała pogodę. Dziś przedostatni dzień i niestety poogoda sie zepsuła.



Interesting architecture of those churches. I like the colors and the warm sunlight. Good catch!
Have a nice weekend.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13797 W: 0 N: 16043] (169134)
  • [2017-10-06 0:40]


mervielleuse vue de cette église quelle compo et vue quel rendu des tons et couleur brique fantastique et ce personnage qui passe une charmant petit église sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Piotr,
Unless my memory totally fails me these beautiful churches were surrounded by scaffolding in 2012. It was possible to go inside but impossible to taken any photos like this. I envy you this photo from such a good angle and with such fine light. They are two remarkable buildings.
Kind regards,

Hello Piotr,
Charming capture of these twin churches. Very nicely illuminated with superb colours and clarity. Thanks also for the informative note.

Hello Piotr,

How strange, to have two churches side-by-side but, very photogenic!
You have captured them at a moment when the sun is highlighting the colours of the stones and showing the contrasts in their hues.
I think I would follow the well placed figure and explore the smaller church, then ... I'd have to compare the second!
Lovely sharp details to these unusual designs.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24390 W: 523 N: 40796] (175552)
  • [2017-10-06 5:11]

Hello Piotr,

We see two churches beside each other.
Both are pleasant to look at.
Composition and presentation are superb.
An excellent architectural and pleasant colours too.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Ciao Piotr, great view of fantastic church, superb sky, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Piotr
Amazing how they accommodate one another sitting side by side but a real treat to the eyes. The architecture and earthy colours really spring within the setting. A nice record image made better by the history of the content, Congrats.
Best wishes

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3339 W: 0 N: 7644] (55825)
  • [2017-10-06 7:20]

Moja pierwsza mysl była: Pat i Patachon, Flip i Flap, duzy i maly. Swietny zestaw budynkow i doskonale zdjecie, super zdjecie, a wynik meczu jest tez super
pozdrawiam Ryszard

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14252 W: 1033 N: 28524] (135700)
  • [2017-10-06 7:31]

Hi Piotr

You can still see churches like this in eastern Turkey around Lake Van and Kars as well as the abandoned city of Ani on the Turk Armenian border. Good sharpness and framing. Tfs!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10497 W: 174 N: 17819] (79135)
  • [2017-10-06 15:57]


curious history of this small church. nice contrast with the newer one at side. excellent quality of image.



Hello Piotr,
Finding two churches so close to one another in an open space is quite unusual. I like the colors and the light.

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 107 N: 906] (525)
  • [2017-11-26 1:48]

Dear Piotr!
Piękne, dwa obiekty sakralne w jednym kadrze.
Co za światło, bardzo dobrze nasycone kolory.
Ładnie się patrzy na to zdjęcie. Ma nastrójk, klimat, sama nie wiem co więcej powiedzieć.
Technicznie wszystko dobrze.
Ładna, solidnie wykonana praca.
Well done!

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