Architettura Armena









AŁUDI / VIth-Vllth centuries
Ałudi is a village in the district of Sisian which formerly possessed a famous monastery with a basilical church now destroyed.
The surviving monument is the tomb of two illustrious personages whose identity remains unknown. (The Arabic and Armenian inscriptions of the IXth to Xlllth centuries on the tomb are posterior to it).
The monument is composed of a cubic chamber above which stands a triumphal arch composed of two pillars framing a column which supports two small arches. The ensemble was probably completed by three stone crosses. The capital and base of the column are especially archaic in style. (The capitai is closer to Aegean than lonic examples). The presence of very steep stairs leading to the platform above the tombs suggests that this upper zone was used for liturgical purposes. The monument is reminiscent of the one in Odzun. In the surrounding cemetery are found numerous tombs with crude but characteristic sculptures.