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For this image I will talk less about my technique (if there is any) and more about the content matter. This is a 19th century church (not old by Armenian standards) of Surb Amenaperkich (Church of All Saviour). The church was built in the mid 19th century and after less then a century of operation it was closed down by the Soviets. Near it stood a greek cathedral which was demolished due to anti-Christian rule of the USSR. At the time of demolition, the Greek cathedral did not go down without a fight, and it took allot of dynamite to bring it down. While the dynamiting went on, this nearby church took quite a beating from nearby debris falling on it. Eventually the structure of this church cracked too. Never the less it stood throughout the entirety of the Soviet rule with the crack getting wider and wider (there was an underground stream discovered, which did not help the case). During the 1988 earthquake the structure could not take it and two thirds of the church collapsed including the dome and the bell tower. You can see the fallen dome in the foreground of the photo. Currently 70% of the structure is rebuilt but due to hard economic times it is taking extremely long to rebuild this cultural masterpiece.

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