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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. To visit Noravank Monastery and other attractions in Areni, use our Areni vacation planner.
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  • Being in love with the mountains, this place cannot go unnoticed, gorgeous imagery road, landscapes are constantly requiring stops, peace and quiet. Early March strikes beginning Spring Awakening and the lack of people. The color of the surrounding mountains as the red clay, dry last year's grass, clouds, excite. Plus in the off-season is paying the taxi traveled alone, but for a company of three, four, it will be very cheap, and the machine it is necessary to take the whole day will be 1000-1300 per person for the whole day!
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  • Along my tour I came here and it was surreal so peaceful and quiet. It was winter with snow and so enchanting. A lovely site to walk around and read about the history.  more »
  • From the entrance to the monastery to the structure itself, everything is breath taking. It is also known as the Holy Mother of God church. Red mountains surround this monastery which make it more bre...  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