The Khachkar - The Cornerstone of Armenian Symbolism.

By Ashley Killough via ianyan Mag


With its intricate carvings and detailed designs, the khachkar, or cross-stone, has been an Armenian symbol for centuries. The cross-bearing rocks can be found throughout the country, erected in graveyards or engraved in church walls or standing freely outside of homes or monuments. They represent Armenia’s special history as being the first Christian nation, a history that dates back to 301 A.D. when King Trdat III declared Christianity as his people’s official religion.


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