St.Gregory ( Tigran Honents ) , Ani, eastern Turkey
The church , completed in 1215 , is the best preserved monument of Neither . It was built during the reign of [ [ Zakarids ] ] and was commissioned by a wealthy merchant of Armenian Tigran Honents . His plan is a type called '' dome ''. Before its entrance are the ruins Saturdays and shrines , which are a slightly later period. From the outside, the church is spectacularly decorated . Ornate stone carvings of animals real and imagined fill spandrels between blind arcade that runs around all four sides of the church. The interior contains an important and unique series of frescoes that depict the two cycles of the main topics . In the eastern third of the church shows life [ [ Gregory Illuminator] ] , in the middle third of the church shows the life of Christ. Such extensive fresco cycles rare qualities in Armenian architecture - it is believed that these ones were made by Georgian artists, as well as a series of scenes from the life of St. Nino , who converted to Christianity by the Georgians . Saturday and its chapel survive fragmentary frescoes that are more in Byzantine style.
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