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Noravank Monastery, Areni

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Religious Site
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. To visit Noravank Monastery and other attractions in Areni, use our Areni vacation planner.
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  • For my taste it is the most beautiful monastery in Armenia. It is unique and very original and the enclave helps a lot. There are several buildings but the most unique is the designed by Munik which is the central building of two floors with the most original dome that I saw on my trip. You must be careful to climb the front stairs because they do not have handrails
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  • The way to the noraavank monastery is beautiful... a lot of hills to be crossed so if you get motion sickness then you might reconsider your plan to visit. I will suggest go with a guide to understand...  more »
  • Amazing how wonderful this object is inscribed and fits into the surrounding countryside. It seems not a manmade and natural education. No wonder this magnificence is the apogee of creativity Momika. The Church has almost perfect condition bas-reliefs depicting the Holy family. On the right at the entrance to the Gorge to the temple, is Ruben workshop, which masterfully makes the khachkars and other magnificent objects carved from stone. You can even try your hand at this craft.
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  • One of the most important places to visit if you are travelling in Armenia! Noravank is great! It was constructed by Momik, one of the greatest Armenian architects. Literally, the name of the monastery means "New Monastery". For sure, there is always something new to discover in this place. The sunset here is extremely beautiful! For me, the best time to visit this place is summer. Because the color of the church matches with the warmness of summer.
  • Noravank is hidden in the valley of nowhere with a very quite ambient. You can only come here by car or local tour. No public transport is provided here. Two flights of steps without railing lead the visitors to enter main hall of holy mother of god cathedral, symbolising the soul illuminated by God. Noravank means 'new monastery'.
  • Very beautiful monastery and the surrounding. The story of construction is interesting.
  • For those who're going to Yerevan from Goris, Noravank is a must-go, the main church has one of a kind entrance.
  • Nice old building with good nature and beautifull gorge in neighbourhood