Church of Saint John the Baptist (Feodosiya)

Church of Saint John the BaptistĀ (Feodosiya)


Location: Feodosiya


Description of Church of Saint John the Baptist

The Church of John the Evangelist, belonging to the buildings of the Genoese fortress (Karantin) in Feodosia, according to existing data, was built in the XIV-XV centuries. The temple is an Armenian religious building and was created in the spirit of similar churches on the territory of Armenia and Crimea. It was built in the style of the most ancient buildings of Armenian religious architecture.

The Church of St. John the Evangelist is not distinguished by a significant number of decorative elements - they are preserved only above the door of the courtyard (ornament, crosses). Thanks to the peculiar architecture, the Church of St. John the Theologian has very good acoustics.

The temple is a building of a hall type, covered with a semicircular vault and arches. Door openings are framed with profiled platbands with carvings. The walls of the Church of St. John the Theologian, covered with stone slabs along the vaults, are made of rubble; vaults, arches, pilasters, platbands of windows and doors - from hewn limestone slabs; the seams between the plates are carefully worn. Along the perimeter of all the walls of the temple there is a stone bench. On the western side, the church is adjoined by a vestibule, the ceilings of which have not been preserved.

The remains of an even more ancient temple, as well as a small courtyard, in which dilapidated columns are located, adjoin the Church of St. John the Theologian.

During its history, the temple bore the name of St. John the Evangelist, and is currently closed to the public. The last restoration work in the church of St. John the Theologian was carried out in 1977.