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. For Hayravank Monastery and beyond, use our Hayravank holiday planning tool to get the most from your Hayravank vacation.
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  • Climbing up to the monastery offers unusually beautiful view of Lake Sevan. Produces stunning photos. And the monastery on architecture similar to many historical buildings in Armenia.
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  • This was another beautiful Monastery in a stunning setting. The Monastery was positioned right next to the lake on a bit of a hill with amazing views. The stonework and carvings of the monastery were ...  more »
  • Like the monastery Sevanavank is located on Lake Sevan, so surely you can enjoy the beautiful location and make a few good photos, but Sevanavank seems to me more interesting. The undeniable advantage is that the trip here much less tourists, so you can experience the peace and quiet. However, it is important to know that this has consequences in the lack of tourist infrastructure.
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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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