Goshavank Monastery, Gosh

Admire a pearl of Armenian medieval architecture with exquisite stone carvings at Goshavank Monastery, a huge 12th-century orthodox monastery complex on the hillside above Lake Gosh. Explore some of the world’s finest examples of Armenian cross-tones, or "khachkars" (memorial steles with a cross), a craft protected by UNESCO. Visit two churches within the complex, as well as admiring a bell tower with a book depository, elegant vaults, and pointed arches. Light a candle for lost souls and admire the carved, lacy ornaments decorating the numerous steles. A shrine to the monastery’s founder, Mkhitar Gosh, sits nearby, providing a scenic view of this marvelous stone structure nestled at the bottom of the hills. To visit Goshavank Monastery and get the most from your holiday in Gosh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gosh tour planner.
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  • September 26, 2017
    One of the oldest monasteries in Armenia, Goshavank. Here in otshelnishestve spent years founder of Armenian jurisprudence Mkhitar gosh.
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  • September 17, 2017
    The first written mention of the monastery belongs to 1188, when it was destroyed by an earthquake, the old monastery Getik, and in its place at the expense of Prince Ivane Zakarian built a new, known as nor-Getik (new Getik). Second name-goshavank monastery was named in honor of Mkhitar gosh-scientist, teacher, writer, poet, lawyer and politician, lived in a monastery in XII-XIII centuries (his statue stands in front of the monastery). It was then that the monastery was one of the largest educational and religious centers of medieval Armenia, there were University and Seminary and library. The largest temple is the Church of Gregory the Illuminator, which is located at the entrance to the khachkar 1291 year. This unique artistic piece, called "Asehnagorc" (made with a needle), due to the thin and rich carving. They say this is the most beautiful khachkar throughout Armenia. The riddle of all complex-a dilapidated school building. Somehow here used is absolutely not peculiar to Armenians technology: lay down a wall of huge boulders. That is, not of Tuff (volcanic dark grey stone), and large boulders. It is not clear, as it built a set of buildings. Unusual structure also Scriptorium-belfry. This building first built as a book depository, and later its on top of the Bell Tower. The entrance to it led to a stone external staircase. Despite the difference in time of construction, all parts of the complex create a single composition, connecting with each other in perfect harmony. Here it is worth to come exactly in good weather because it offers fantastic views, as with the monastery and on the road. I must say that the road here is good, parking is convenient and large, paid (fixed-price). Unlike other places, there is infrastructure: a few stalls selling souvenirs and herbs (recommend purchase thyme).
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  • September 13, 2017
    Armenian monasteries, although similar, however, differ. Everyone is distinguished by architecture and many details. It is worth seeing and seeing the difference. We were able to go to rituals and lis...  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    Beautiful place that offers a nice panorama.
  • June 21, 2017
    So many turist, But we have been there on sunday.
  • July 3, 2017
    Being reconstructed now.
  • September 13, 2016
    Must seeing in the region. Interesting, old an historically significant complex.
  • January 6, 2017
    Great place

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Where to stay in Gosh

Gosh has little to offer by way of accommodations, so most opt to make day excursions from one of the larger urban areas to the little lakeside monastery town. About a 30-minute drive to the west, Dilijan offers a good set of lodgings, with a range of guesthouses, boutique hotels, and simple hotels to choose from. The capital, Yerevan, is only an hour and a half away, and offers by far the greatest choice of accommodations in the country, with hotels large and small, guesthouses, apartment rentals, and hostels all located close to the town center.
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