Photographer's Note

This is a fresco within the Hripsime Monastery in the ancient ruined Armenian city of Ani. In Turkish it is simply known as the Church of Frescoes. It is also known as the Tigran Honents Church, after a wealthy Armenian merchant that ordered and paid for its construction, as well as the Church of St Gregory the illuminator and the Church of Sirli. The church dates from 1215 AD. The fresco depicts the martyrdom of female saints, who are being beheaded by the man with a sword at right. The man at top left strongly resembles Ghenghis Khan, who sacked the city in 1236 AD, although Wiki describes him as 'Trad III', perhaps a Mongol General? There is Armenian text above his head in the blue part of the fresco. The bird droppings have added a Jackson Pollock effect.

From Wikipedia: "Hripsime (Armenian: Հռիփսիմէ, died c. 290), also called Rhipsime, Ripsime, Ripsima, Arbsima or Arsema was a martyr of Roman origin; she and her companions in martyrdom are venerated as the first Christian martyrs of Armenia."

The city was destroyed by a terrible earthquake in 1319 AD. Its ruins are now UNESCO Heritage listed and offer a fascinating glimpse into the 13th and early 14th centuries.

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