Visit: Monastery Sevanavank, next the Holy Mother of God Church, Sevan Armenia
Lake Sevan is one of the largest high-mountain freshwater lakes in the world – Lake Sevan. The pearl of Armenia is located at an altitude of almost 2000m height above sea level.
Sevan Peninsula is famous for its monastery complex Sevanavank founded in the VIII – IX centuries A.D. Climbing the slopes of the Peninsula you will see the panoramic view of Lake Sevan.
In summer Sevan welcomes it’s guest with warm water and with all year round unforgettably tasting fish in the world.
Visit: Haghartsin Monastery, Dilijan Armenia
The 10th century Haghartsin monastery lies in lush forested mountains 12km to the east of Dilijan and is comprised of four churches, two chapels, a huge dining hall and multiple khachkars.
The oldest sundial in Armenia, which shows when it is time to pray, can be found on one of the walls of the monastery. The monastery has a small photo exposition in the dining hall and a resident priest who sometimes conducts tours.
Duration: 45 minutes
Visit: Goshavank Monastery, Gosh Armenia
Goshavank Monastery stands in the mountain village of Gosh, founded in 1188 by the saintly Armenian cleric Mkhitar Gosh, who was buried in a little chapel overlooking the main complex.
The earliest part of the complex, the Mother of God Church, dates from 1191; its gavit was completed in 1197 followed by the two St Gregory chapels, the free-standing one with its particularly fine carving in 1208 and the one attached to the gavit in 1237. The library and the adjacent school buildings were built in 1241 of large rough-hewn stones. The tower on the matenadaran (library) was once taller than the main church.
Another feature of the monastery is the particularly fine khachkar by the door which dates from 1291. Poghos, its sculptor, carved two identical khachkars for his parents' graves and the other is in the History Museum in Yerevan. The delicate filigree of his carving led to his soubriquet Poghos the Embroiderer. The two small rooms to the south of the gavit were used as studies by religious students. There is again a walnut tree, at the north of the site, and of similar age to the monastery.
Duration: 45 minutes