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Sacred Geometry - Armenian Architecture
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The Armenian master architects carried on and advanced the mastership of architectural construction remaining true to the universal geometric principles of form and function.

Throughout centuries the great builders erected beautiful temples, fortresses and other sacred as well as secular buildings, continuing the sacred thread of earlier heritage of the great ancestor builders of Mitanni, Ararat and prior to that era. During this period, the ancient cities (Ani-Kamakh, Van, Armavir) were rebuilt, new cities, fortresses and castles were constructed (Arshamashat, Arkadiakert, Yervandashat, Yervandakert, etc.).

From the Second to First centuries BC, during the period when Armenia, under the leadership of the Artaxiad Dynasty, became once again a powerful Kingdom, the cites of Artashat (166 BC) and the marvelous and colossal royal city of Tigranakert (Tigranocerta) was the center of the newly created Armenian Empire and the capital of the King of Kings, Tigran the Great [a devotee High Priest of the National Wisdom Temples of Mithras].

The New Empire"s Capital was one of the biggest and best classical cities of its time - with beautiful palaces, theaters, entertainment arenas and buzzing market places. Built at the Zenith of Tigran"s power (in 70s BC), when a vast Empire was forged from the mountains of Caucasus-Europe through the flatlands of Asia-Near East to the scorching deserts of Sinai-Africa.

Ancient historians attest to size, grandeur and beauty of these Hellenistic-Classical cities, dotted with massive construction, temples, palaces and theaters (of which Tigran the Great was a great admirer - his son and successor - Artavazd II, wrote plays - tragedies and dramas that were staged in the theatres of Tigranakert and Artashat .

Artavazd II was educated by some of the best Classical minds of the period - this great Philosopher-King wrote a number of scholarly philosophic and historic works - including what was said to be his magnum opus - The History of Armenia - chronicling the history - the triumphs and the tragedies of his nation and people up to his own time which unfortunately has not been preserved ).

During this period Armenia had become one of the greatest centers of Classical culture (blending Eastern wisdom tradition with Western culture) in the Near East. Unfortunately time was the greatest enemy of the impressive grandeur monumental monuments.

More than two thousand years of man made and natural calamities have virtually completely obliterated the architectural richness of pre-Christian Armenia.

Source: www.armenianhighland.com
 
 
 
Writer: Gevork Nazaryan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 
 
 Date Added: Saturday September 09, 2006 08:12:39 
 




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