LCO In The News 2016
Meghri - Sourp Hovannes Mkrtich Church
Land and Culture Organization (LCO) will be renovating the 17th Century Sourp Hovannes Mkritch (St. John the Baptist) basilica church in Meghri, Armenia.
This historical site is in severe disrepair and has a unique Armenian style. The ornamental motifs of the paintings are influenced by Persian decorative designs, which was probably done intentionally to prevent vandalism. Even the depicted structures were drawn in such a way as to resemble mosques. The walls of 17th-century churches in Meghri’s old and new quarters bear frescoes by artists from the family of Naghash Hovnatanian, a renowned artist from the period whose works are also within the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin. The first phase of the project will be clearing of the church ground’s and archaeologic excavations with Armenian historical archaeologists.