The most significant branch in Armenian culture of this period was sculpture, the origins of which bear the cultural traditions of the Armenian Highland, Ancient Near East and Ancient Greece. The Cross, the main symbol of the new faith, Bible and Gospel narratives and Armenian legends on the Christianization of Armenia became the basic theme of medieval Armenian sculptures.

Starting from the 10th century, images connected with secular life became more recurrent, together with sculptural reliefs of worship nature.

The Exhibition presents:

  • exceptional examples of Christian Armenian art of the 10th-16th centuries: basreliefs, memorial monuments, lapidary inscriptions and khachkars (cross-stones)
  • remarkable fragments and secular sculptural reliefs from Vayots Dzor, Haghartsin, Gegharkunik, Syunik and the khachkar (1599) from Jugha
  • carved door as a historical and spiritual relic from the Church of Holy Apostles in Mush (1134)
  • frontal altar curtain from the Church of the Holy Virgin in Tiflis (1735), objects used in the ritual ceremony of liturgy
  • unique specimens of the Armenian printing, published in Venice, Amsterdam and Etchmiadzin.