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Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries

Throughout centuries, Armenian monasteries have played a great role in the spiritual, cultural and political life of the Armenian people. These holy sites are recognized not only as centers of prayer, but also as scriptoriums where numerous works and translations were scripted, hand-copied and passed on to generations to come. Many of the church complexes represent magnificent and inimitable samples of the Armenian ancient and medieval architecture. 

 

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15 August Tsitsernavank

This monastery is located in the Aghahejk region of the province of Syunik in Greater Armenia, in the present Kashatagh region of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The Monastery of Tsisternavank is placed among the renowned 13th-century monasteries of Syunik.

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01 August Kirants Monastery

The Kirants Monastery is located in the Tavush marz of the Republic of Armenia, around 12 km west of Kirants village, on the left bank of Kumen, the tributary of the River Voskepar, on a picturesque plain covered with forests. The monastery complex was founded in the 13th century.

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25 July The Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

The Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin is the central church of the Catholicosate of All Armenians. According to the historian Agathangelos, it was founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator, with the support of King Tiridates III, in 302-303, in the Armenian capital town of Vagharshapat, in the vicinity of the royal palace.

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18 July Kobayr Monastery

Kobayravank or the Kobayr Monastery is located in the Lori marz of the Republic of Armenia, to the west of the Kober railway station, on the slope of the gorge of the River Debed.  Kobayravank was a renowned spiritual and cultural center of northern Armenia.

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11 July St. Karapet Monastery of Aprakunis

St. Karapet (John the Forerunner) Monastery of Aprakunis was located in the Syunik province of Greater Armenia, on the right bank of the River Yernjak, near the village of Aprakunis, presently - in the Julfa region of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. The monastery was founded by Patriarch Malakia of Crimea (Maghakia Ghrimetsi Vardapet) in 1381.

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04 July The Holy Trinity Monastery of Tekor

The Holy Trinity Monastery of Tekor or the Tekor Cathedral was located 20 km south-west of Ani, on the right bank of the River Tekor. According to a construction inscription, the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tekor was built in the last quarter of the 5th century by Prince Sahak Kamsarakan.

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27 June Khor Virap Monastery

The Khor Virap Monastery is located in the Ayrarat province of Greater Armenia, on the left bank of the River Araks, on the slopes of one of the hills of the historic town of Artashat, now to the south-west of Loosarat village, the Republic of Armenia. This monastery is a sacred shrine of the Armenians, a recognized pilgrimage site. The history of Khor Virap is closely linked to the conversion of Armenians, and the religious, educational and cultural development of Armenia.

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13 June Hermitage of St. Ananias the Apostle

The Church of the Holy Mother of God (Zoravor Surb Astvatsatsin) of the Hermitage of Ananias the Apostle is situated in the Shahar District of Old Yerevan, on the site of the tomb and chapel of Ananias the Apostle. In the first quarter of the 17th century, Abbot Movses (later Catholicos St. Movses III of Tathev) founded a hermitage on this site and built a monastic complex surrounded with ramparts.

 

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06 June St. James Monastery of Kaputkogh

The monastery is also known as the Monastery of Endzakar. It was located in the Vaspurakan province of Greater Armenia, on the slope of mountain Kaputkogh. The monastery was dedicated to St. James of Nisibis. According to tradition, it was founded in the 4th century.

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30 May The Great Hermitage of Tatev

The Great Hermitage of Tatev is located to the south-east of the village of Tatev, Syunik marz of Armenia, on the right bank of the River Vorotan, at the bottom of Mount Tatev. The current monastic complex was built in the second half of the 17th century and was replenished by some constructions in the 18th century.

 

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23 May Saghmosavank

This is a monastic complex located to the east of the village of Saghmosavan in Aragatsotn marz of Armenia, on the right bank of the River Kasakh, atop a precipitous gorge. According to tradition, the monastery was founded by Gregory the Enlightener.

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09 May Goshavank

The Monastery of Gosh or Nor Getik is located at the verge of Gosh village, in Tavush marz of Armenia, on the right bank of the River Getik. It was one of the largest medieval religious, educational, and cultural centers in Armenia.

 

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02 May What Is a Monastery?

The broadcast explains the notion of “monastery” in its broader sense. It also acquaints with the history of monasticism, monks, monastic complexes, etc.

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25 April Monastery of Narek

The monastery was situated on the southern shore of Lake Van, in the village of Narek, Vaspurakan province of historic (Greater) Armenia. The monastery was established by Armenian monks who, fleeing religious persecution in Byzantium, found shelter in Armenia.

 

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11 April Cathedral of Talin

This basilica-type church was built in the 7th century by Kamsarakan Princes. Its construction reminds of the Cathedral of Dvin. The dome and the south-western part of the building were destroyed by the earthquake of 1840. The church was reconstructed in 1947, then during the years 1970-1974. The walls of Talin Cathedral were all covered by frescos, of which only few are preserved.

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04 April St. Karapet Monastery in Mush

St. Karapet (John the Baptist) Monastery in Mush, also known as Msho Sultan Surb Karapet, Glakavank, and Innaknian Monastery, was situated in Greater Armenia's region of Taron, Turuberan province, near the town of Mush. It was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator, on the site of a pagan altar dedicated to the idols of Gissaneh and Demetreh.

 

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28 March Dadivank

Dadivank or Khutavank is a monastery situated in Artsakh, on the bank of the River Tartar, on the slope of a forest-covered mountain. It is said to be built in the 1st century AD, on the burial site of one of the disciples of Thaddeus the Apostle's, Dadi, who was martyred in Artsakh for spreading Christianity.

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21 March Gandzasar Monastery

The Monastery of Gandzasar is situated on Mountain Vank opposite the homonymous village, in the Martakert region of Artsakh Republic. It was founded before the 10th century. The monastery's Church of St. John the Baptist was built by Prince Hasan-Jalal Dola in 1216-1238.

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14 March St. Mesrop Mashtots Church of Oshakan

St. Mesrop Mashtots Church in Oshakan is located in the village of Oshakan, Aragatsotn marz of Armenia. Since 1996, it has served as the vicarial church of the Aragatsotn Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The burial-vault of St. Mesrop Mashtots built by Prince Vahan Amatouni in 443 is inside the church.

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07 March Akner

Akner Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, the largest center  of miniature and science. It was located on the border of Tsakhut  and Bardzrberd provinces.

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28 February Cathedral of Ani

The Cathedral (Mother Temple) of Ani was founded by order of the Armenian king Smbat II in 987. It was built by architect Trdat. With its monumental forms and rich decoration it symbolized the revival of the Armenian statehood.

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