If you are planning an interesting trip and exploring some first-class destinations, you have every reason to visit Armenia. Armenia was the first country to declare Christianity as its national religion and enjoys having a glorious 4000 year old culture. Let’s find out the best and famous monasteries in Armenia.
The best churches and monasteries in Armenia
Geghard Monastery is one of the most interesting and famous monasteries in Armenia, an organic combination of a building and a cave.
Bonus: you will notice midday “play of light and shadow” in the main temple of the monastery. At present, Geghard Monastery consists of hundreds of cell-caves carved into the rock. According to legend, the founder of the monastery, Grigor Lusavorich, “the baptist of Armenia” also lived in one of these cells.
Due to its convenient location, Sevanavank is one of the best churches in Armenia. The peninsula was formed as a result of the shallowing of Sevan – earlier it was a small island on which at the end of the VIII century several monks began the construction of the monastery. Two churches have survived to this day: the Virgin and the Holy Apostles.
One of the brightest pages in the life of the monastery was the Battle of Sevan in 921, when the small army of Ashot II Yerkat, who was stationed in the monastery, defeated the invading Arab army: Armenian archers from the boats shot the Arabs who were on the shore.
In addition, Lake Sevan is interesting for its sights such as Ayrivank monastery and “Khachkar cemetery” Noratus.
Famous monasteries in Armenia
Khor Virap Monastery
Khor Virap is located in the vicinity of Yerevan (40 km). It is the place where the Christianization of Armenia began. Bonus: the best view of Ararat.
Khor Virap Monastery (its name is translated as “Deep Pit”), located on a hill near the village of Pokr Vedi, is the main attraction of the Ararat region and one of the main attractions of all of Armenia.
A little north of Vanadzor is located Kobayr monastery. Kobayr now in majestic ruins with frescoes on the slopes of the basalt mountains.
North of Kobayr church is situated religious attraction of Armenia – Odzun Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to legend, the Apostle Thomas visited these places during his trip to India, and the church altar is located exactly where he buried the tunic of the crucified Christ.
Halfway between the border and the city of Alaverdi is located the famous Haghpat Monastery. Along with the Sanahin monastery located to the south, it was for many years the spiritual and educational center of northern Armenia, even in the era of foreign rule. In the XVIII century, the great Armenian poet Sayat-Nova lived and studied here.
One of the famous monasteries of Armenia in front of the border with Georgia is the Akhtala Monastery – little-known, but not inferior to the famous Sanahin and Haghpat. The monastery was founded in the X century as an Orthodox and its main wealth is the mass of frescoes preserved to this day, executed in the Byzantine tradition.
Having many tourist destinations, Armenia is considered as a paradise for visitors of religious tours with the awe-inspiring views of mountains, glorious landscapes and scenery. Plan your religious tours to Armenia to reveal the best churches and monasteries in Armenia. Rent a car in Armenia and discover this beautiful and rocky country.