Mren Cathedral, 2013. Image: World Monuments Fund
Constructed circa 638 AD, Mren is a masterpiece of world art and a product of the ‘Golden Age’ of Armenian architecture. Bearing an inscription naming the Roman emperor Heraclius, and a unique sculpted relief image of Heraclius returning Christendom’s greatest relic-the True Cross—to Jerusalem, Mren preserves precious material evidence for one of the most dramatic and yet poorly documented moments in history.
In February, Dr. Christina Maranci (Tufts University) spoke with writer Lucine Kasbarian about Mren Cathedral’s dire state of preservation. Read the interview.
The Cathedral of Mren is now a WMF Watch Site.