"Yedikilise Manastırı (Varagavank) Mimarisi ve Plastik Süslemeleri"

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Van Yüzüncü Yil University, Edebiyat Fakültesi, Sanat Tarihi Bölümü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Eda ERİŞ KIZGIN

Supervisor: Yalçın Karaca



Van, of the historic cities of East Anatolian Region, has become an important city because of its geo-political position. Since prehistoric ages, Urartians, Medes, Persians, Macedanians, Romans, Parthians and Sassanids have dominated the region. After 640, Muslim States have become dominant and sometimes this dominace changed between Byzantine Emissary and Abbasid. After Malazgirt war in 1071 which was won against Byzantine. Van and East Anatolian Region was captured by different Turkish States. İt is still possible to see the trace of different societies that lived together in the city.

Armenian, living Under the domination of powerful states in the region, start building monasteries and churches in Van and its region after they accepted Christianity in the early of IV. century. Among these monasteries there are unique work of arts in term of Architecture and decoration of stone.

“Architecture and Plastic Adornment of Seven Church Monastery” our thesis’ aim is getting informations about that periods’ under standing of art and trying to interpret those informations as investigating architecture featwes, stone adornment programes of the monastery that is archbishopric center of region in XVII. century and reflects Armenian Architecture ideally.

In consequence of conducted studies Seven Church Monastery is important in term of the monastery that reflects some structures plan types, which the monastery embodies and the structure which engraved geometric, botanical shapes and figüral decoration on its stones is essential in religion for Armenians.

The planning types of our monastery, our thesis subject, as reflects its own schemes at the same time it is clearly seen that it has been influenced by its neighbourdhood which it is in relation.

I wish, Varagavank which is in the cultural heritage of our country will be restorated and brought to our day preserving its original architecturel and mönumental stone decoration.r.