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Amberd fortress 'The fortress in the cloud' -This is one of the well survived fortresses of Armenia built in the 7th c. It is on the slopes of Mt.Aragats at the height of 2300 m above the sea level. It comprise an area of 1500 sq. m. It was captured and destroyed several times but till now it the architectural solutions just admired you. In 1026 Vahram Pahlavuni built St.Astvatsatsin church here.
Aruch Cathedral -This is one of the ancient settlements of Armenia dating back to the 7thc.Here are the ruins of ancient fortifications dating back to the 2nd c. B.C. From 10-11th c. this used to be one of the important town-settlements of Armenia. This used to be a big complex with a caravansary, cathedral, palace and a fortress.
Axtala St. Astvatsatin (Holy Mother) monastery and fortress -The fortress was built in the 8th c. B.C. and it protected the monastery and nowdays it's one of the best preserved ancient monasteries of Armenia. St.Astvatsatsin monastery was founded in the 11th c. The monastery used to contain the cross which according to folklore was used by John the Baptist for baptizing Jesus Christ. The murals inside the church are one of the best representations of Byzantine art. The majority of the murals bare sculptures in Greek.
Dashtadem Kaghenis castle -This castle is situated in Aragatsotni province. This dates back to the Urartu era.The Arabic writings about it were kept in the south tower.
Echmiadzin mother cathedral -This is the first Christian church of the world built in 303. In the 5th c. it was changed into now days cupola church. This is the Holy Seat of all Armenians and the only church which has 7 altars.
Ereruk basilica -This is one of the ancient and unique three-naved basilica of Armenian architecture built in the 5th c.
Garny pagan temple -this is the only pagan temple survived in Armenia as adopting Christianity all the pagan temples were destroyed and in their places Christian churches were built. This temple dating back to the 3 c. B.C. survived due to one of the Armenian queen who made it her summer residence. Now days its attract with its Hellenistic architecture with the solutions of paganism.
Gayane church -This church is located in Echmiadzin near the Mother Cathedral and is built in the place where abbess Gayane was martyred trying to spread Christianity. This church was built in the 7th c, and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Geghard (Spear) monastery -This monastery is called Geghard (
Gndevank monastery -'VayotsDzor region was a ring without a stone. I cut and set that stone in the ring' said Princess Sophia, the founder of Gndevank. This monastery complex dates back to the 10th c. and is a true marvel in the mountainous region situated not far from the Jermuk spa.
Goshavank -This is a wonderful sight of Dilidjan region surrounded with forests. In the begging of the 12th c. Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, outstanding scientist and writer, an author of numerous fables and parables and of the first criminal code, took part in building the monastery, which was known in his honor. It had one of the richest book-depositors of Armenia. Each of its churches has unique architectural solutions and here are one of the outstanding cross-stones of Armenia.
Haghartsin -Haghartsin monastery is nestled in a temperate forests. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set. The combination of natural and architectural beauty is very impressive. The renovation of the monastic complex of Haghartsin began in 2008. The restoration of the monastery is sponsored by Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad al Qasimi.
Haghpat -This medieval monastery complex was built in the 10th c. in Lori region (which is the most attractive region of Armenia with its rich nature) It is included in the list of UNESCO due to its architectural spending solutions and breathtaking nature. This complex consists of several buildings and cross-stones.
Harichavank monastery -This is a 7th century Armenian monastery located in Harich village in the Shirak Province of Armenia. It isknown as one of the most famous monastic centers in Armenia and it was especially renowned for its school and scriptorium. Archaeological excavations of 1966 indicate that Harich was in existence during the 2nd century BC, and was one of the more well known fortress towns in Armenia. The Cathedral is a cruciform church.
Hayravank monastery -complex of the 9-12th century is located on the north-eastern part of Hayravank village on Lake Sevan's shore in the Gegharkunik district. More characteristic to that complex, are items referred to as the "iron period" - the colorful decorated iron, and the golden, stone weapons, tools and decorations, clay idols, numerous vessels, fireplaces etc.
Hovhannavank -is situated in the village of the same names of the Aragatzotn district, on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasagh River.The most ancient structure in Hovhannavank is a basilica typical of the fifth century.The architectural ensemble of Hovhannavank is distinguished by a compact arrangement of the monuments around the main building. The clever use of the terrain (the eastern walls of the churches verge on the edge of the precipice and seem to be an extension of it) adds to the picturesque ness of the complexes which are especially expressive when viewed from the opposite side of the Kasagh River canyon.
Hripsime church -This is a 7th c. In Echmiadzin city. The church is built on the burial place of virgin Hripsime and is one of the earliest cupola-domed churches in the world, having the biggest cupola.
Kecharis -The monastery complex of Kecharis is situated in Tzakhkadzor (Gorge of Flowers). A healthy climate and picturesque scenery - forested mountain slopes and blossoming valleys - provided favorable conditions for building there a settlement in which remnants of ancient structures have survived. In the 11th century the settlement was a possession of the Princes Pakhlavuni who founded a monastery there, the construction of which continued till the middle of the 13th century. In the 12th-13th centuries Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia which had a higher school.
Marmashen -Standing on an elevation, it is the architectural dominant of a vast settlement and of the territory adjacent to it. Its only church, St.Gevorg (XIVc), is in the center of a wall-enclosed rectangle the north-eastern corner of which is occupied by celIs and service structures. Architecturaldetails emphasize the artistic expressiveness of the building.
Noratus -On the shores of the Gavaraget River in the Gegharkunik district lies the Noratus village, which is the oldest section of the entire district, where numerous historical monuments were preserved. In th village center is the St.Astvatzatzin church, and on the south-eastern edge the St.GrigorLusavorich cemetery. Remarkable is the villages' southern large cemetery with its many cross-stones. The majority of them belonging to the 13-17th centuries, as a group of cross-stones on family cemeteries.
Noravank -The Noravank monastery is situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge of a tributary of the Arpa River near the village of Amaghu, VayotsDzor district. Noravank ensemble stands amidst the bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs. Built in place of an ancient monastery, it grew in the reign of Princes Orbelyan of Syunik. In the 13th-14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently, a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia.
Odzun -Just south of the built up area of Alaverdi (Lori district), the main forks leads to Odzun, with its famous church about 100m west on the main paved village road.The church is dated stylistically to the end of the 6th c. Beside the church is an unusual 5th-6thcc. funerary monument with two sculpted pillars depicting biblical scenes and the Christianization of Armenia. Standing on a tiered base and constructed in polished stone in the form of two arcades, this monument has a delicate harmony of symmetry.
Oshakan -The Oshakan castle (Aragatsotn district) was first mentioned by the historian PavstosByuzand for the first time during the 4th century. MesropMashtots (the creator of Armenian alphabet) was buried there by the wishes of the prince Amatuni. On this grave a small circular church in 442 was constructed. There is information that MesropMashtots established a school in Oshakan. In the yard there is an impressive Letter Park.
Saghmosavank -"Psalm monastery" is located at the edge of a very impressive and huge canyon. The church-complex dates back to the 13th c.
Sanahin -The Sanahin monastery is situated in the north of Armenia, in the Lori district, within the limits of Alaverdi city. Standing on a high plateau, amidst low structures, they rise sharp against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. Documentary evidence and monuments of material culture suggest that these structure date back to the middle of the 10th century. he formation of Tashir-Dzoraget kingdom of the Kyurikids in 979 and the great attention paid to Sanahin by various rulers of Armenia and their vassals favored the construction of many religious and civil structures there.
Sardarapat memorial complex -Sardarapat Memorial is a memorial complex to the Battle of Sardarapat located in the village of Araks, in the Armavir Province of Armenia, 11 kilometers southwest of Armavir town. In 1968 during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Sardarapat that took place on May 22-26, 1918 a memorial park was laid out on the spot of the battlefield.The entrance is flanked by huge winged oxen made of red tufa. A flight of steps leads to a square from which a 26-metre-high bell tower rises. The beautiful trellis structure with its twelve bells can be seen from afar. The bells ring every year on the day of the historic victory. The monument is guarded by massive ancient style Armenian-winged lions, and is flanked by a memorial garden for Karabakh (Arstakh) martyrs.Sardarapat Memorial is a symbol of pride and survival.
Selim carvansaray -Selim caravan serai is the best-preserved caravan serai in Armenia and one of the best preserved in the world; its formerly remote site high on the Selim Pass prevented its being quarried for building materials. There is now a good surface the whole way over the pass (2,410m).The caravan serai was built in 1332 by Chesar Orbelian during the reign of Khan Abu Said II.
Sevanavank -The Sevan monastery was once located on the Sevan island (now peninsula in Gegharkunik district). The island was strengthened with fort walls during the bronze century. During the 9th century Sevan became the royal citadel of the Syuniats kings. In 874 the daughter of King AshotBagratuni - Mariam, built the Arakelots and the St.Astvatzatzin (Holy Virgin) churches.
Talin -is one of the oldest settlements of Aragatzotn district. n the territory of Talin some remainders of medieval constructions were found inadvertently during excavations. Catoghike church is the most important of Talin's historical-architectural monuments. The exact date of its foundation is not known. From a number of existing manuscripts the oldest was dated 783. The big temple of Talin is unique monument of Armenian Church architecture and belongs to three-nave vaulted type of basilicas.
Tatev monastery -Tatev monastery is situated near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur - ancient Syunik (now Syunik district). The monastery was founded in the ninth century in place of a tabernacle well-known in ancient times. The strategically advantageous location on a cape formed by a deep river gorge with precipitous rocky slopes favored the construction of a mighty defense complex there. At one time Tatev was the political center of Syunik principality. In the 10th century it had a population of 1000 and controlled numerous villages. In the 13th century it owned 680 villages. This is the farthest monastery of Armenia, near Armenia-Iran border. Here is the longest cable-car in the world included in the Guinness records book.The main church of Poghos and Petros (Peter and Paul) built in 895-906.
Tegher monastery -The Tegher monastery complex of the 13th century is located in the Tegher village of the Aragatzotn district. The monastery is located on top of a small hill and is made of dark grey bazalt.
Tsiranavor church -At a place, once called a "fortress" (vicinity of Ashtarak town, Aragatzotn district) is the oldest monument of that era called - Tziranavor church (5-7cc.). Because the church was built at the edge of the Kasagh River canyon, it also played the role of a defending construction, and that is why it was also called Pokaberd.
Yot Verk 7 Wounds church -Yot Verk Church (The Seven Wounds) which is also known as Sourb Astvatsatsin ( St. Virgin Mary) is located in Gyumri, Armenia. Earlier it was a chapel erected by Kamsarakan princes, where the icon "The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary" was kept. That's why the church built later was named Yot Verk (translated from Arm. "seven wounds"). The construction of the church started in 1873 and ended in 1884. It was consecrated by Catholicos Gevorg V. The interior of the church is generously decorated with paintings. Yot Verk is the only Armenian church which has 5 different altars for various religious communities.
Zvartnots temple -Zvartnots, a complex of structures erected in the middle of the 7th century near E (Armavir district), is of extreme architectural value.The complex consisted of St. George temple or Zvartnots ("vigil forces", "celestial angels") and the palace of CatholicosNerses III, known as "Builder".Zvartnots, buiIt as Armenia's main cathedral in 641-661, was to suppress Echmiadzin cathedral by its grandeur. Zvartnots lay in ruins as early as in the tenth century. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. Zvartnots is a monument which embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects. In its artistic image and daring spatial arrangement, formed by an intricate combination of arches and buttresses, Zvartnots is an outstanding monument of world architecture, an evidence of the high level of the development of the artistic and engineering thought in the 7th-century Armenia. Its architectural idea later became widely spread and developed in new shapes and new artistic compositions.To the south-west of the temple there was the Catholicos' palace which has also come down to us in ruins.