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Arkina (Armenian: Արկինա) was a small village in Medieval Armenia within the Shirak district and near the city of Ani.[1][2][3][4]

Arkina is best known for being the temporary seat of the Catholicosate after Ananias I of Armenia moved it from Vaspurakan in 959.[5][3] His predecessors lived on Agtamar Island but he found it better to seek protection under Ani's king and to establish himself on the mainland.[5] He lived in Arkina until a cathedral and palace were built in Ani.[5][6]

Arkina had a fortress and perhaps a cathedral, whose ruins are just west of the Tiknis border in present-day Turkey.[3][7] It would likely have been built by Katholikos Khatchik between 972 and 992; its remaining wall was damaged in a 1966 earthquake.[3]


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  3. ^ a b c d Sinclair, T.A. Eastern Turkey: An Architectural and Archaeological Survey · Volume 1. p. 437.
  4. ^ University of California (1903). Revue de l'Orient chrétien - Volume 8.
  5. ^ a b c Ormanian, Malachia (2012). The church of Armenia: Her history, doctrine, rule, discipline, liturgy, literature, and existing condition (PDF). Translated by Marcar Gregory, G. London: A.R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd.
  6. ^ Arzoumanian, Baghtassar (1970). "Armenian Architecture". Universidad de Chile. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  7. ^ Bedrosian, Robert (2017). "Matthew of Edessa's Chronicle: Part 1" (PDF). Sources of the Armenian Tradition. Retrieved 2021-12-18.