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.
St. Stepanos Church of Lmbatavank Monastery was built in the early 7th century, near the town of Artik, in the Shirak marz of Armenia. The church has rich stone-carved ornamentation.
The marvelous monastery complex of Kecharis is located in the northwestern part of the Armenian town of Tsakhkadzor, Kotayk marz. The principal church of the complex is the Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator built in 1033 A.D. by Grigor Magistros Pahlavouni. The residence of the prelate of the Kotayk Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church is at Kecharis Monastery.
This episode is about the Monastery of St. George (Gevorg) (XIII-XVII cc.), which is located in the village of Mughni, in Aragatsotn marz of Armenia. According to 17th century historian Zakaria Sarkavag, the monastery was founded by the congregation of Hovhannavank Monastery who brought with themselves the relics of St. George. Among the sacred objects preserved in the Mughni Monastery are the Right Hand of St. George, and the relics of Thaddeus the Apostle and Matthew the Evangelist.