Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries

Throughout the 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.

 

The Gndevank Monastery
11/04/2024

The Gndevank Monastery

This monastery is located in the Vayots Dzor region of the Republic of Armenia, in the vicinity of the village of Gndevaz. According to the records, the monastery was founded in the 10th century by Princess Sopia of Syunik.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Amrdolu Monastery of Bitlis
04/04/2024

Amrdolu Monastery of Bitlis

Amrdolu Monastery of Bitlis

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Tsitsernavank
28/03/2024

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
St. John Monastery of Bagavan
21/03/2024

St. John Monastery of Bagavan

St. John Monastery of Bagavan

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Kirants Monastery
14/03/2024

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
The Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin
07/03/2024

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Kobayr Monastery
29/02/2024

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.

 

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
St. Karapet Monastery of Aprakunis
22/02/2024

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
The Holy Trinity Monastery of Tekor
15/02/2024

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.

 

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Khor Virap Monastery
08/02/2024

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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Monastery of Shatin
01/02/2024

Monastery of Shatin

Monastery of Shatin

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Katoghike (Cathedral) Church of the Holy Mother of God, Yerevan
25/01/2024

Katoghike (Cathedral) Church of the Holy Mother of God, Yerevan

Katoghike (Cathedral) Church of the Holy Mother of God, Yerevan

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St. James Monastery of Kaputkogh
18/01/2024

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
The Great Hermitage of Tatev
04/01/2024

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Saghmosavank
28/12/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Saint Bartholomew Monastery at the site of the Apostle's martyrdom in historical Armenia
21/12/2023

Saint Bartholomew Monastery at the site of the Apostle's martyrdom in historical Armenia

Saint Bartholomew Monastery at the site of the Apostle's martyrdom in historical Armenia

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What Is a Monastery?
14/12/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Goshavank
07/12/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Monastery of Narek
30/11/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Cathedral of Talin
23/11/2023

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 a few are preserved.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries