It is a three-aisled basilica from the 10th-11th centuries with a noticeable Syrian impact.

It was heavily damaged during the earthquake in the 17th century and completely reconstructed, up to the missing roof, in the first half of the 20th century. Since 1995, the church ruins stand as the most significant preservations from the Arab epoch. The Armenian basilica is included on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Near the church, an Urartian belt plate was found in a grave from the 8th-12th centuries BC. It is made of bronze and its design is similar to Scythian Assyrian grave funds.