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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

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Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

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ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details

During the 8th century a few monks settled on the former island of Sevan and began to build their churches. Due to the strategically good location, many others came here. For a while it was the residence of the king Ashot Erkat (Ashot the Iron) who received his name due to his numerous glorious victories. With the time the walls of the monastery were destroyed and in 1930 the last monk left the monastery. 

 

Now after the reconstruction and restoration efforts which took place from 1956 to 1957, we have the monastic complex Sevanavank located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkounik province of Armenia.

Initially, the monastery was built on the southern shore of a small island. During the Soviet times the water of the lake were being used for irrigation, which resulted in the drop of the water level for about 20 meters. Thus the island was transformed into a peninsula. An inscription in one of the churches says that the monastery of Sevanavank was founded in the year of 874 by Princess Mariam (the daughter of Ashot). The monastery was of the strictest ones, as it was mainly intended for the monks in Etchmiadzin who had sinned.

Jean-Marie Chopin, the French explorer of the Caucasus, visited this site in 1830 and wrote of a regimen restraining from meat, wine, youth and women. Another explorer visited the monastery in 1850 and wrote how manuscripts were still being copied manually.

The two churches St Arakelots, meaning the “Holy Apostles”, and St. Astvatsatsin, meaning the “Holy Mother of God” both are cruciform plan structures with octagonal tambours. Adjacent are the ruins of the tabernacle whose roof was originally supported by six wood columns.