Architecture of Armenia & Takeo Kamiya

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 1____VAGHARSHAPAT vagharshapat
____Chapter 2____NORTHERN ARMENIA north armenia
____Chapter 3____WESTERN ARMENIA west armenia
____Chapter 4____MIDDLE ARMENIA middle armenia
____Chapter 5____SOUTHERN ARMENIA south armenia
____Chapter 6____NAGORNO KARABAGH  nagorno karabagh
____Chapter 7____NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES (NEW) neighbor
____Chapter 8____ANI ( Medieval Capital ) (NEW) ani
__ __Apendix_____REFERENCE BOOKS 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.
Due to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. Armenia became independent as a republic although it had once been a land of about ten times the extent they have today referred to the Greater Armenia. For the restoration of its land after independence and following a war with Azerbaijan, successful Armenians living in Diaspora gave helping hands conversely.

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.
By its firm external appearance like sort of mass of stone and twilight interior space like sort of cave, Romanesque architecture is rather plain and lacks gaiety at first sight, but gives us a deep spiritual contentment conversely. Armenian architecture as one of its origins has the same characteristics. It will surely take hold of the hearts of the Japanese.    ( 14/10/2008 )

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