Detail of Samson Killing a Philistine on the Northeast Facade
Surb Khach Church
Church of the Holy Cross
Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkish Armenia

Samson Killing a PhilistineDetail of the Philistine
Samson Killing a Philistine
Samson is blamed for the Philistine takeover and is delivered to the enemy. He demonstrates his unusual physical strength and escapes. Falls in love with Delilah, who eventually discovers his secret and has his hair cut. He is blinded and imprisoned. Later, his hair grown, at a feast in an edifice supported by two pillars, Samson pulls the pillars down and perishes together with all the Philistines.
Source: Aghtamar

The "church of the Holy Cross" was built on Aght'amar Island in Lake Van between the years 915 and 921 by Armenian King Gagik Artzruni.
See also:
Warrior Saints on the Northwest Facade, Surb Khach Church of the Holy Cross, Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkish Armenia
David and Goliath on Southeast Facade, Surb Khach Church of the Holy Cross, Akdamar Island, Van Province, Turkish Armenia



The T'oros Roslin (or Sebastia) Gospels of Armenia, 1262