|Since born in the greater area of Syria-Palestine, Christianity spread rapidly to neighboring areas despite being oppressed violently by the Roman Empire that ruled the Middle East. It was by the Edict of Milan of 313 A.D. that the Empire approved it officially, and it was in 350 that Theodosius I set it as the state religion. But it was the Kingdom of Armenia in the north of the Middle East that embrace it in 301 A.D. in the first place, half a century previously than Rome.|
|____Chapter 2____NORTHERN ARMENIA|
|____Chapter 3____WESTERN ARMENIA|
|____Chapter 4____MIDDLE ARMENIA|
|____Chapter 5____SOUTHERN ARMENIA|
|____Chapter 6____NAGORNO KARABAGH|
|____Chapter 7____NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES|
|____Chapter 8____ALEXANDR TAMANIAN|
|__ __Apendix_____REFERENCE BOOKS|
Owing to its landlocked location, a small country Armenia situated in Transcaucasia (Zakavkaze in Russ.) was invaded incessantly, ruined, ruled by heathen, even subjected to genocide, and scattered as diasporas.
Differed from the Jews to whom Armenians have been compared by their similar historical circumstances, it is the field of architecture that Armenians have achieved highest artistically. If neighboring Georgians are the pictorial nation, Armenians are the architectural nation. Church architecture in Armenia developed greatly as early as 7th century in a different style from Byzantine and acquired almost the same aesthetics and characters as Romanesque architecture by a few centuries earlier than in Europe.
In recent Japan increasing people have found the beauty and charm of Romanesque architecture in the 11th-12th centuries in various parts of Europe. Figuratively speaking as classical music, differed from powerful Beethoven as Gothic architecture (13th-14th centuries) and sprightly Mozart as Renaissance and Baroque architecture (15th-17th centuries), far more internal Bach's work is Romanesque architecture.
ARCHITECTURE OF ARMENIA
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