The main altar of the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, part of Gandzasar monastery, a X-XIIIth century Armenian monastery situated in the Martakert region, Nagorno-Karabakh. "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and St Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Most important structure of the Gandzasar monastery is the Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich, built between 1216 and 1238. Gandzasar is considered one of five the most important examples of Armenian monumental art which belong to the world’s architectural masterpieces. Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

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