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In all the books dedicated to the Armenian art history, it is impossible to find a mention of the wall
paintings of the Armenian Church in Famagusta -
Our gratitude to Gohar Grigoryan for sending this essay to the
THE FRESCOES OF THE ARMENIAN CHURCH IN FAMAGUSTA
The Surb Astuacacin (Holy Mother of God) Church of Famagusta is located in the north-
The researchers have often called the Armenian Church a “small and elegant” structure. In its ground plan it is a single-
On the upper and lower parts of the northern wall, the frescoes display scenes from Christ’s life. On the lower part, the narrative cycle begins with the Nativity, the Annunciation and the Baptism, and continues at the top with the scenes of the Flagellation, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the Deposition and the Entombment. On the same northern wall, a framed scene of Akra Tapeinosis decorates the upper part of the arched niche, which has served as ǝncayaran (table of gifts).
On the left side of the western wall a military saint is depicted, who most probably is Saint Theodore. This is also confirmed by the inscription, of which at least the first letter is easily discernible (ԹՈ / t‛o). On the same wall, to the right of the main entrance, two female saints are depicted: Saint Helena and Saint Paraskeve. Next to the latter is an Armenian inscription: “ՍՈՒՐԲ [ՈՒՐ]ԲԱԹ” (Holy Friday). On the southern wall, the standing figure of St. John the Baptist is depicted surrounded by sixteen small scenes and decorated with a frame with floral motifs and coat of arms. On the same wall, there is the Dormition of the Virgin. According to the description of Camille Enlart, on the southern wall used to be a depiction of the Christ Pantokrator as well, of which only a small fragment remains.
Photos by Thomas Kaffenberger, Michele Bacci and Gohar Grigoryan
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