UNESCO Website Posts World Heritage Committee Inscribed Properties

List includes Armenian monasteries of Haghpat–Sanahin and Geghard and Cathedral of Echmiadzin and Zvartnots

On July 3–2003–the World Heritage Committee updated its list of inscribed properties of the United Nations Educational–Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List; the list contains some 754 properties (582 cultural–149 natural and 23 mixed properties in 128 States Parties)–that now appear on the UNESCO website with justification for their inscription–photos and links.

The list includes the monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin (inscribed in 1996 and 2000 respectively)–the Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley and the Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots (all inscribed in 2000).

For details–visit http://whc.unesco.org/nwhc/pages/doc/mainf3.htm


Justification for Inscription: -The developmen’s in ecclesiastical architecture represented in an outstanding manner by the churches at Echmiadzin and the archaeological site of Zvartnots had a profound influence on church design over a wide region. -The churches at Echmiadzin and the archaeological site of Zvartnots vividly depict both the spirituality and the innovative artistic achievement of the Armenian Church from its foundation.

Brief description:

The cathedral and churches of Echmiadzin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church–which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region.


Tumanian Region–Villages Of Haghpat And Sanahin – Inscribed 1996–2000

Justification for Inscription:

Lists report of the 20th and 24th Sessions of the Committee

Brief description:

These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centers of learning. Sanahin in particular was renowned for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture–whose unique style developed from a blending of elemen’s of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region.

THE MONASTERY OF GEGHARD AND THE UPPER AZAT VALLEY Armenia Kotayk Region–Near The Village Of Goght – Inscribed 2000

Justification for Inscription:

– The monastery of Geghard–with its remarkable rock-cut churches and tombs–is an exceptionally well- preserved and complete example of medieval Armenian monastic architecture and decorative art–with many innovative features which had a profound influence on subsequent developmen’s in the region.

Brief description:

The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs–most of them cut into the rock–which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty–surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley.


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