Cross from the Dadivank Monastery, Artsakh, 1745, History Museum of Armenia

The History Museum of Armenia houses an extensive collection of artifacts that narrate the history of the Armenian people over several millennia, including the impressive artifact from the Dadivank Monastery in Artsakh – a cross from the year 1745.

The Dadivank Monastery, also known as Khutavank (hilltop monastery), stands as one of the most significant medieval architectural complexes in Artsakh, today known as Nagorno-Karabakh. Established in the 1st century AD, the monastic complex was named in honor of Dadi, a disciple of the apostle Thaddeus, who preached Christianity in this region.

The cross represents a refined example of Armenian craftsmanship and religious art from the mid-18th century. Crafted in 1745, it stands as a remarkable testament to the flourishing of monastic life and spiritual devotion in Dadivank during that period.

Within the History Museum of Armenia, this artifact provides a tangible connection to the past, enabling visitors to appreciate the profound religious, cultural, and historical significance of such objects. As part of the museum’s collection, the Dadivank cross continues to enchant visitors with its intricate ornamentation, historical value, and the captivating story of Armenian Christianity it carries.

Vigen Avetisyan

Illustration source: Levan Tonaganyan Հայաստան Armenia Армения.

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