Detail of Goliath on South-East Facade
Surb Khach Church
Church of the Holy Cross
Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkey
182 Tenth-century carving of Goliath. Armenian church of 'Gagik' on Aght'amar island. Lake Van. Turkey.
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Source: p169, David Nicolle, "An introduction to arms and warfare in classical Islam", in: Islamic Arms and Armour, ed. Robert Elgood, London 1979
The "church of the Holy Cross" was built on Aght'amar Island in Lake Van between the years 915 and 921 by the architect-monk Manuel under Armenian King Gagik Artzruni.