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St John in Mastara

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Church of St. John in Mastara, 5th century, in the Talin district. A sub-dome square, with apses extending on its four sides, culminates in an imposing dome that governs the whole of the church's interior. Four large squinches in combination with overhanging arches provide a solid foundation for the huge octahedral drum of the dome. Its architectural conception heralds another stage in the development of simple cruciform compositions, a transition to complex church designs like those in Avan and St Hripsime in Etchmiadzin. The works of medieval architecture in Mastara include, among others, numerous khatchkars (cross-stones).     St John in Mastara

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St John in Mastara