- Rider(s):Ashot III
Ashot III was a king of Armenia, ruling the medieval kingdom of Armenia from 952/53–77. Known as Ashot III the Merciful and acknowledged by foreign rulers as the Shahanshah (king of kings) of Mets Hayk’ (Greater Armenia), he moved his royal seat of residence to Ani and oversaw its development and of the kingdom as a whole. Armenia reached the height of its golden era during his reign and that of his sons and successors, Smbat II(977–89) and Gagik I (990–1020).
Pictures from Armenak Margarian and Tony Bowden