Архитектурное наследство

Scholarly journal

Founded in 1951

ISSN 0320-0841

New materials regarding research in the fields of architecture and urban construction are being presented. The authors also focus on the history of the creation of little-known buildings of interest, on the development of local architectural traditions, on new attributions, and introduce recently discovered archive materials. A number of papers are dedicated to the issues of architectural and urban planning development of historical towns and cities or study the formation of architectural ensembles. The edition also includes papers that are devoted to theoretical historical-architectural problems, to biographies of architects, or analyze artistic approaches and concepts.

Issue 63

Vinogradov A. Y., Elshin D. D.

Chronology of Brick Architecture in Vaspurakan: Preliminary Observations

The paper analyses the general results of studying the Medieval Armenian churches of Vaspurakan. Until recently art historians believed that these brick constructions appeared in the ninth-eleventh centuries, and were influenced by Byzantine architecture. However, the presence of decorative brickwork in the interiors of these churches indicate that they were inspired by Moslem examples. The fact that a particular type of brick with characteristic fingermarks was used in these structures is further proof that the majority of the brick churches were erected later than it was believed (16th–17th centuries).


Armenian architecture, Byzantine architecture, Moslem architecture, decorative brickwork, dentil course, opus spicatum, brick.

Vinogradov Andrey

Ph. D. in history, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, associate professor, senior research fellow.

E-mail: auvinogradov@hse.ru

Elshin Denis

Ph. D. in history, State Hermitage, research fellow.

E-mail: denis.jolshin@gmail.com


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