Fragment of bas-relief, Church “Surb Khach”
915 – 921 AD, Aghtamar Island, Lake Van
silver 925o, weight – 5 g., colored enamel
The Surb Khach Church is one of the jewels of Armenian architecture. It is situated in the beautiful place some kilometers away from the southern shore of the Lake Van. The church was built in 915-921 AD, during the rise of Vaspurakan Kingdom. Aghtamar church is richly decorated with bas-reliefs depicting apostles, saints and the scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The church is encircled by four friezes: with vegetative ornaments under the windows; vine and scenes of agricultural works above the windows; running animals and male faces on the roof edges and the drum.