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Noravank Monastery, Areni
(4.9/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • not even know honor more remembered from visiting this place. whether a beautiful mountain autumn road captured the spirit with each turn, the ancient Christian Church is beautifully inscribed in this earthly beauty.
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  • The monastic complex is probably the most beautiful, ranging from roads to it along the Gorge framed by Red Rock. Far from Yerevan, of course, but if you want to visit, then it's worth it. I would like to draw attention to the fact that nowhere in the reviews not written over the door of the second church of the complex has a unique bas-relief with depictions of God the father. In one hand he holds the head of Adam, with a soaring Dove over him and another blesses the crucifix. The unique thing! And, of course, struck a large number of khachkars. They are the most beautiful. Near the monastery there is a café, where pilgrims are fed. Double room we had eaten at 12000, without wine. Food quality is high, but not very tasty (((
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  • This 13th century monastery is totally worth visiting. It situated in the narrow gorge and surrounded by astounding red cliffs. Thanks to the fact that I was there off season, there were no other tour...  more »
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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