عنوان مقاله [English]
The church as a symbol of religious concept contains cultural, social and religious ritual values that are the result of interaction of human being with monastic manifestations throughout history.
These aspects cover, protect, and demonstrate the identity and historical rites of a region and its inhabitants and therefore pondering on the religious manifestation and their values would be a matter of great importance. In its cultural monuments, the ritualistic effects have been interwoven with historical events and humanistic activities. The church is shaped along with a humanitarian group of people sharing a common religious faith and as a token of a nation’s unity whose manifestations are seen in the city-bed or nature bed and far from human society.The Armenian Orthodox Churches in linking with the meanings and historical symbols are considered to be one of the ritual sites across this terrain.
This essay describes reviewing the meanings of Orthodox Churches Religions Rituals and Architecture and continuation of ritual beliefs since early Christianity with descriptive-analytical method and the help of field observations and gathering information in library form and method.
In line with this, with reviewing the philosophy of existence of churches and continuation of old ritual beliefs, it seems that religion and ritual ceremonies satisfy the spiritual and social needs of visitors.
This matter has caused survival and continuation of churches over time and being distinguished as a single complex. In spite of the firmness that is seen in the central core of formation of the church, religious beliefs of people determine the changes in the appearance of religious places and symbolization ritual designs during the history.
Main structures of churches are fixed and have been taken from meanings, concepts and past symbols of Armenia.