There is a cathedral with an unusual architecture in Aruch village located on the slope of mountain Aragats. The residence of Grigor Mamikonyan was in this place in the 7-th century. He and his wife Elena built the Aruch Cathedral and consecrated it in honor of St. Gregory the Illuminator. You can see the open sky as the dome is destroyed, and it looks like a harmonious continuation of the ancient frescos depicted on the walls. There are ruins of the chapel, basilica of Katoghike and palace near the temple where once there were halls with columns and gallery. All these objects had been built at different times. Aruch is a significant historical monument of Armenia.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Aruch Cathedral by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Aruch Cathedral the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Aruch Cathedral depends on the weather conditions.
The Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, located in the monastery of Aruchavank, was built by Prince Grigor Mamikonyan. According to the writings, the construction of the church began in 662 and ended in 666. The Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Anastas Akoretsi (661-667), consecrated the church. Before the foundation of the church of St. Gregory in Aruch there was also another church. Probably the basilica, located on the south-west of the church, as a result of further reconstruction was converted into a secular building. According to Hovhannes Draskhanakertzi, Prince Grigor Mamikonyan built his palace complex in the south of St. Gregory Church.
There were amazing frescos depicted on the walls of the church of St. Gregory. Unfortunately, the murals almost disappeared. The ruins of the Bronze Age cemeteries, the old castle, the caravanserai (XIII) and other monuments have been preserved in Arucha.
Especially impressive was the majestic mural of Jesus Christ, who originally had a height of 7 meters (only a part below the knees was preserved). Standing on a richly decorated pedestal, Jesus Christ held a scroll in his hand. The quotation from the Gospel of John, written in Armenian, was depicted on that scroll. Some details of the mural were gilded. You can see The altar at the pedestal level, just below the fresco of Christ It is completely framed with a wide patterned belt that vividly represents the traditions of Armenian Hellenistic art and excellent skills.
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