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The belltower of the Cathedral of Holy Ejmiadsin, 5-17th century

Treasures from the Ark: 1700 years of Armenian Christian Art
Exhibition 2 March-28 May 2001

rmenia is the Biblical home of Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark finally came to rest after the Flood. In AD 301 the Armenians adopted Christianity as their official state religion, the first people to do so. This outstanding exhibition celebrates the 1700th anniversary of an event which is of great significance to all Christian nations, and a landmark in the world's cultural history.

The church has come to play a central role in Armenian art and culture and the exhibition reflects this by presenting a stunning display of illuminated manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, crosses in precious metal and sculptures in wood and stone.

Highlights include:-



Episcopal Staff (crozier), 18th century.
The Mother See of Holy Ejmiadsin.



the 6th-century Rabbala Gospels in Syriac  
  the Reliquary of the Holy Cross( 10th Century) and the Reliquary of Skevra( 1293)  
  an 18th-century altar curtain telling the story of Holy Week  
  the Ejmiadsin Gospels from the 10th century  
  a 7th-century stone model of a church.  


St Mark from The Four Gospels, 1321
Image of St Mark from The Four Gospels, 1321.
The British Library, Add.Ms. 15411, f.91v.

Some of the exhibits being lent by institutions in Armenia are national treasures and are on display outside the country for the first time. Other exhibits are being lent by organisations in places as far-flung as Jerusalem,Beirut, Venice, St. Petersburg, Paris, Vienna and the USA

The exhibition will appeal to anyone interested in Byzantine and Christian art as well as those who are intrigued by this fascinating country which lies between East and West. Come and marvel at the skill of those who created Christian art in Armenia.


The illustration in the top bar is a detail from The Reliquary of the Holy Cross of Khotakerats 1300. The Mother See of the Holy Ejmiadsin.

Generously supported by Vatche and Tamar Manoukian and the Manoukian Charitable Foundation