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.

 

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
St. Karapet Monastery in Mush
16/11/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Dadivank
09/11/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Gandzasar Monastery
02/11/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Akner
26/10/2023

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.

 

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Cathedral of Ani
19/10/2023

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Noravank
12/10/2023

Noravank

Noravank is a monastic complex built in the 13th century and located in the gorge of the Amaghu river, near the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Church of Holy Mother of God (Astvatsatsin). In the 13th–14th centuries, the monastery became the residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently, a major religious and later cultural center of Armenia.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Lmbatavank
28/09/2023

Lmbatavank

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Kecharis
21/09/2023

Kecharis

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.

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island
14/09/2023

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Haghpat Monastery
07/09/2023

Haghpat Monastery

Haghpat Monastery

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Geghard
31/08/2023

Geghard

Geghard

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Akhtala st. Astvatsatsin (God Mother)
24/08/2023

Akhtala st. Astvatsatsin (God Mother)

Akhtala st. Astvatsatsin (God Mother)

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Monastery of St. George of Mughni
17/08/2023

Monastery of St. George of Mughni

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.

 

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church of Oshakan
10/08/2023

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.

 

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries
Cathedral of Ani
03/08/2023

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.

 

Armenian Monasteries and Sanctuaries