Akhtala monastery, Armenia | Flickr

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Between the Inner and Outer City, Baku, Azerbaijan by Ferry Vermeer

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How else are you supposed to pick mulberries? “Tut” season is upon us! #armenia #yerevan #spring #summer #mulberry #fruit #harvest #urban #sweet

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Kymyks in the Caucasus

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Trees on rocks # 1. Sarpi, Georgia. 07/2011

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Meeting of the Day
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Postcards from Baku’s old Armenikend

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Abkhazia. Another View to the Legendary Ritsa Lake and its Surrounding Mountain Peaks/ Абхазия. Один из видов на легендарное озеро Рица и окружающие его горные вершины via Instagram

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Fountain on the edge of town in Gyumri, Armenia.  This must have been quite impressive when it was still working.  The location seems strange, but there was probably a plan to expand housing in this part of town before the 1988 earthquake struck.  In the background there is a large apartment building that was largely destroyed by the quake.  

Before the earthquake Gyumri had a population of 300,000.  The quake killed about 30,000 people and many others left, so now the population here is about 100,000. There are many beautiful 19th century buildings, some half destroyed and many that have been repaired.  There are many people still living in provisional housing, with others living in apartments that were built after the quake by the Germans, Austrians, Americans and others.  

The Soviets also started building apartments but construction stopped on those buildings when the USSR fell apart, so now there is a whole neighborhood of spooky unfinished apartments from 1989 surrounded by grassy fields.

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Large silver belt on original belt with Russian silver coins. Dagestan private collection Linda Pastorino

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Photo: Bgavor church in the Lori Province, Armenia. Credit
Edgar Harutyunyan Photography.

Bgavor church is situated in Lori Province of Armenia, 3 km north-west of Akori village on the flank of Mount Lalvar. It is surrounded by rocks and gorges. There is no information about the church construction date from historical sources or inscriptions. Architecture of the church has something in common with the monuments located in the same region (Akhtala, Kobayr XIII c.). That`s why it`s supposed that Bgavor church was built at the same period of time.

Some elements of decorative design resemble Georgian churches of 12-14th centuries, which is probably resulting of trade and culture relations between Georgians and Armenians during the reign of Zakarian dynasty.

The church is partially destroyed, its roof didn`t preserved. Bgavor is a three-nave vaulted hall. There are two-storey side-chapels to the both sides of the altar. A square prayer hall is divided into three naves; the middle nave is twice larger than the side ones.

The church has three entrances – from the south, west and north (now closed). The doors and the windows and decorated with twisted ornaments. The main altar is sparingly lit up through three narrow windows.

The façade facing and some elements of the interior design are made of smooth-hewn basalt, while the walls from the inside are laid with rough stone.

To restore Bgavor church in 2012 the funds were allocated from the Armenian state budget.

Source: Ghukasyan, N. (n.d.). Bgavor Church, Akori, Armenia. Retrieved from

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Gabala Ropeline | Qafqaz Riverside Hotel | Gabala, Azerbaijan

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