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Photographs with Commentary by Debra Jan Bibel
 


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We next venture by bus to Armenia; it will take the entire day. Along the way, there is another monastery and a welcoming lunch with a vista.


Before exiting my hotel room, I photograph the grillwork of my balcony. 
 

Departing Tblisi, we drive by this undulating ribbon building: the Ministry of Internal Affairs and HQ of State Police A couple fisherman in the River Mtkvari. A picturesque bridge and old walled fortress. Our good-bye to iconic Tblisi. A firehouse in all its glory.

Panorama of greater Tiblisi with Soviet era apartment buildings.

A pomegranate tree.

As we approach the border with Turkey, we spot an air force base with reinforced and camouflaged hangers.

Another view of the base: some storage bunkers. Georgia is receiving military assistance of US and other NATO equipment as the Soviet weaponry is junked or and sold.

A folk tradition. The bridal veil with red ribbon or ornament indicates that a daughter is available!

A family of 7 daughters, four of whom remain unwed.

All the houses in the area have gardens with grapes. Into Armenia. Armenia is a mountainous nation. Haghpat Monastery was founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh, wife of King AshotIII, around 976 BCE..
One of the halls; note carved crosses on the masonry, besides the cross design of the two windows.
Small chapel.
Looking upward. View through the arches. Along a darken corridor. This is known as a "cross-stone" and we will see many. It is an ancient art form of Armenia. A group of cross-stones. A side view of the cathedral.
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Bell tower. The light from above. Rustic gate. Door to cathedral. Inside, Jesus looks down. Stairs to the choir.
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Painting of the baptism of Jesus. Note water spirals cover his body. Time for lunch and we are welcomed with a band and bread loaf. Clarinet, accordion, and dhol drum. Into the restaurant. Cheese, lavash flat bread, eggplant, tomatoes  & cucumbers plus wine. Wine.
The feast. ...and the band played on. The view from our perch Industrial, copper town, nearly abandoned. Rust belt. A religious scene in fading light.

 

     

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