Cathedral of Ani

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The Cathedral of Ani, built in A.D by the architect Trdat offers an example of a cruciform domed church within a rectangular plan, The Catholicosate was relocated to the Arkina district, in the suburbs of Ani, and in 990, the
talented architect Trdat completed the building of the Catholicosal palace and the Mother Cathedral of Ani. It was founded by the order of the King Smbat II and ended with the patronize of the wife of the King Gagik I the queen Katranide'. It was devoted to the Blessed Virgin. By its high art composition the Cathedral of Ani became one of the architectural masterpieces of Armenia. Some European scientists think that the volume composition of the interior elements had its development in the late Gothic architecture of the 12th - 14th centuries.