Noravank Monastery, Areni

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Marvel at masterpieces of ancient Armenian stonemasonry at Noravank Monastery, an architectural ensemble set in the Amaghu River Gorge. Surrounded by dramatic red cliffs, this stone complex boasts the 14th-century double-decker Surb Astvatsatsin Church (Holy Mother of God), as well as Surb Karapet (St. John The Baptist), built in 1216-1227 while Latin crusaders held Constantinople. Both churches feature characteristic bell tower drums and conical roofs. Explore the complex further to discover a number of intriguing khachkars and important cave complexes. Plan trip to Areni with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Noravank is one of the most beautiful in Armenia, among the red rocks rise 2 churches and a chapel, the residence of the princes of Orbelyan.2 the floor church is called Surb Astvatsatsin. Now here is the residence of the bishops of Syunik, someone from the clergy we have seen. The nature around is amazing.
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  • An ancient monastery, with very interesting story craft, every stop be has it’s unique decoration The way to the monastery is Crowley  more »
  • Getting here with public (Maršrutka) transport from Yerevan can be quite a struggle,however this is one of the most magic places I have seen on earth: I wish you found some ladies,as I did, singing hymns in the upper church since you will hear their praising voices in the lower chapels too! Absolutely beautiful and peaceful highlight in Armenia!!
  • A super quiet and isolated monastery. As per the guide, the monks wanted to live a secluded life for which they created this monastery away from civilization. Very calm and quite place, during summer there might be a lot of chances for trekking and rock climbing. Worth a visit as it falls on the way to Tatev.
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