pfs10039 TURKEYE: ‘ANI’ excavation site -“the Cathedral”
The building work started in the year 989AD under King Smbat II (980-989AD) and was completed by the year 1001/1010AD by the order of Queen Katramide, the wife of King Gagik.
The cathedral was dedicated to Mother of God Maria and was the work of Trdat, who also restored the dome of Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople.
In 1064AD Seljukid Sultan Alparslan conquered Ani and the cathedral was converted to a mosque, renamed the Fethiye Camii (the Victory Mosque) and he performed his first Friday Prayer in the cathedral.
The plan is in the form of rectangular outwardly and a domed basilica three naves inwardly. there is a square annexe in the northwest corner, a chapel, two burial chambers in front of the east wall, and the Hripsime Chapel on the southeast corner.
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