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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:35 pm

When lead was needed for conquerors (for their guns), they dug it from inside the walls making the building unstable... And eventually from a severe earthquake the Zvartnots monastery collapsed.
Now it is under reconstruction/rehabilitation.

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And that unfortunately was the fate of too many architectural masterpieces which standing through centuries collapsed under human atrocities.
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:37 pm

Ooops, :oops: I forgot to mention that these shots were with A100 + SAL1870 DT kit lens. :D
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Unread postby Birma » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:23 pm

More interesting pictures Doc. You continue our education on Armenia and its history :) . It must have been an amazing building when it was whole. Nice pictures with the 18-70 kit as well. (You have inspired me to dig out some older 18-70 pics of mine.)
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Unread postby aster » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:09 pm

Yes, definitely interesting Dr. Harout.

The colour of the stone used for the structure elements is also very different from what we see in the Roman-period architecture around the Mediterranean Sea. This is basalt perhaps? Adn the design character is significant too. :)

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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:13 pm

That's a great structure Dr H, Zvartnots Cathedral was apparently built in 643 AD but it only stood for about 300 years, the earthquake of 930 AD destroyed it...according to Wikipedia that is, it was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 2000. And yes I totally agree with you about the mindless destruction that has taken place at the hand of man down though the ages, the great library in ancient Alexandria destroyed and burnt..irreplaceable records of early history lost forever, the great Cheops Pyramid...all the marble stripped off the outside, so now it's just a big pile of rocks..pretty ordinary compared to what it one was, Ancient Babylon sacked...I think if you dug around the list would be almost endless, we humans are a sad lot.
Anyway I do like your pics Doc, I think that first one is the best.
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Unread postby bakubo » Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:21 pm

Dr. Harout wrote:When lead was needed for conquerors (for their guns), they dug it from inside the walls making the building unstable... And eventually from a severe earthquake the Zvartnots monastery collapsed.


Thanks for posting these photos. It looks like an interesting place. Why was there lead in the walls?

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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:07 pm

Yildiz, yes the stones are mainly basalt and tuff.
Greg, you're right about the Cathedral standing for 300 years or so, but my last sentence was referred to other sites for which I'm preparing some photos (namely Garni Temple).
Henry, they use lead within the walls to absorb the shock of earthquakes, i.e. as an anti-seismic measure.
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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:06 am

Sorry Doc I meant No2, somehow I got em reversed....duh! for some reason I just love that image with the full view of the columns and the interior, maybe I was a temple builders helper in an earlier lifetime. :)
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Unread postby [SiC] » Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:18 pm

Every time scouting this part of the forum my eyes returns to this topic... Just for the scandinavian like name i think, Svartnos in swedish means "black snout" :wink:
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:10 pm

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