Matosavank Monastery, Dilijan

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Matosavank is small church hidden in a forested area of Dilijan National Park 3 km northwest from the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It sits in close proximity to the monastery of Jukhtak Vank as well as to a nearby cemetery. The church is currently in ruin and is relatively difficult to find since trail markers are often misleading.Matosavank was constructed with the oversight of Avag Zakarian, the son of Ivane Zakarian of the Orbelian Dynasty after having vowed his submission to the Mongol invading armies. He later became the military leader of Georgian and Armenian combined forces under Möngke Khan, the fourth Great Khan of the Mongol Empire.ArchitectureThe small church of Surb Astvatsatsin of Pghndzahank was built in 1247 and actually consists of two adjoining churches. It was constructed from roughly hewn stones that have been overlaid with plaster within the interior of the building. Rooms include a main hall, book depositories, a portico and each have vaulted ceilings that still stand mostly intact. The western walls of the church sit adjacent to the portico, whereas the southern wall at the altar joins the book depository. Upon the exterior of the structure there is an inscription that tells about the foundation of the church. Some of the tile roofing can still be seen under
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  • The little monastery is located in the forest. There is a nice trail to access the location. It is surely possible to go by car (4x4) but hopefully it is gated. The walk is really nice, specially in a...  more »
  • Interesting object. It is a pity that such historical places abandoned in Armenia. The Armenians themselves do not need anything. Rubbish in the forest. Though the route arrows drawn. But throw historical object of such limitations. How so you can? Spoil in the temple cows. Just a shame for the people and it's a pity such a history, which over time will not because of the indifference of local
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  • Exploring Dilijan National Park earlier this month, we came to Matosavank Monastery and took a bit of time to explore it. It’s not far from Jukhtak monastery as well but is in slightly better shape th...  more »
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  • Very nice place
  • A must visit place, everyone should feel the old architecture of this monastery hidden in the forest
  • A great, fantastic place... At first it is very hard to find the monastery which is in a dense forest... The monastery is small... But you can see that the walls inside are built with cross stones (khachkars). The walls are covered with moss which makes it unique. In winter when there is a little sunshine inside the church the walls are becoming golden. The places itself is mysterious... You can lie on the roof of the church and stay there for hours!!!!
  • It is a hidden church in Dilijan national park. You can get there by following red marks on trees. Be careful to not be lost.
  • One more abandoned monastery

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Bursting with rustic guesthouses oozing with charm, Dilijan offers a wealth of accommodation options, nestled across its forested landscape. For budget-friendly options, look toward the center of town for some bed and breakfasts and guesthouses, which are within easy walking distance of the Old Town. For a more decadent experience on your Dilijan holiday, head further into the forest for hidden mountain retreats that boast swimming pools, tours of the region, and character-filled lodging.
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