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Hovhannavank Monastery

Monastery

Perched atop the Kasakh River, a wonderful example of Armenian Apostolic Church architecture in the village of Ohanavan.

27 km

​Hovhannavank monastery (5th-14th cc.) is a wonderful example of Armenian Apostolic Church architecture, perched atop the Kasakh River in the village of Ohanavan. The oldest section of the monastery was built in the 4th century by the first Armenian Catholicos, Grigor Lusavorich. The centerpiece of the monastery is the cruciform domed Church of Karapet built between 1216 and 1221 through the donation of Prince Vache Vachutian. 

​The high protective wall which surrounds the monastery dates back to 13th-14th cc. The cathedral has an umbrella-shaped dome, unique to the architectural design of Armenian churches, and several important carved scenes. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, Hovhannavank was known as an important educational and theological center within the region, complete with a scriptorium.

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