Zorats Church (Yeghegis)

Zorats Church (also known as Saint Stepanos) is situated in Yeghegis Village of Vayots Dzor province. It was founded in the XIV century when Armenians were fighting against Turkic tribes. Zorats construction is unique in the Armenian architecture: the altar is higher than usual as if it was built to be convenient for a horseman getting down from a horse. The church was built so that the soldiers sitting on their horses could swear and receive the blessing before going to a battle. Zorats  has a special architectural value as it is the only surviving structure of this type in Armenia.