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Hayravank Monastery, Hayravank

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Checkered stone vaults and exquisite carvings define Hayravank Monastery, a small, compact stone monastery perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Sevan. Built in the 9th to 12th centuries on one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world, the site features a church with quatrefoil cruciform made of red and gray tuff stone. It also showcases typical steles with carved crosses scattered in the cemetery around the church. After 250 steps to the top, you will be perched above the noisy Sevan beach with a stunning view. A Bronze Age archeological site sits behind the church. While here sample ishkan, a Sevan trout endemic to the lake. Plan to visit Hayravank Monastery during your Hayravank vacation using our convenient Hayravank vacation generator.
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  • Not far from Sevanavank monastery, this one is also on Lake Sevan. Again, while in good shape, it's not too amazingly different from other monasteries, but this one had a hidden km long tunnel (now cl...  more »
  • Not as impressive as Sevan Monastery but it's a nice and quiet place to enjoy the lake view without the crowd...well worth the detour from Sevan town.  more »
  • Situated on a hillock the small church (9th centuray) overlooks the extended lake. It can be reached by following a short dustroad. Inside on should admire the columns, carved with crosses. The cupola...  more »

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Most opt to make a day trip to Hayravank from the capital, Yerevan. A number of tour group excursions run this route daily, with the lakeside town around 80 minutes from the capital. Yerevan boasts by far the greatest range of accommodations in the country, with high-rise hotels grand and simple, and apartment rentals throughout. If you'd rather stay closer, following the lake counterclockwise from Hayravank yields a few more hotels, primarily located in Sevan, a pleasant lakeside town.
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