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Zvartnots Cathedral is a 7th-century aisled tetraconch type Armenian church now in ruins.

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Zvartnots was built at a time when much of Armenia was under Byzantine control or influence and during the early invasions of Armenia by the Muslim Arabs. Construction of the cathedral began in 642 under the guidance of Catholicos Nerses III (nicknamed Shinogh or the Builder). Dedicated to St Gregory, it was located the place where a meeting between king Tiridates III and Gregory the Illuminator was supposed to have taken place.
Zvartnots remained standing until the end of the 10th century but historical sources are silent as to the cause of its collapse.
The ruins of Zvartnots remained buried until its remains were uncovered at the start of the 20th century. The site was excavated between 1901 and 1907 under the direction of Khachik Dadyan, uncovering the foundations of the cathedral as well as the remains of the Catholicos palace and a winery.

Most scholars accept the 1905 reconstruction by Toros Toramanian, who worked on the original excavations, that the building had three floors.

The interior of the mosaic-decorated church had the shape of a Greek cross or tetraconch, with an aisle encircling this area, while the exterior was a 32-sided polygon which appeared circular from a distance.
Some sources claim that the Zvartnots cathedral is depicted upon Mount Ararat in a relief in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. However, this is not very likely as the fresco was painted more than 300 years after destruction of the church.

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