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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  • Another old monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan, this little known and few tourists. Also built on a rocky promontory overlooking the Lake. There is currently only a rebuilt Church, although there are ruins of other constructions. When we arrived a couple dressed as bride and groom was doing a photo shoot.
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  • Small monastery on a promontory with a beautiful view of Lake Sevan. The atmosphere in the middle of the scents of incense inside is superb. This place is worth a visit
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  • This monastery I liked more than others in Armenia. It is located on the shore of Lake Sevan, like near the settlements. but as if in another dimension. When we were there, inside were local women 2-3. Outside there were no people at all. Only the lizards on the walls, the lizards on the rocks, lizards on the dilapidated raise, dispersing in different directions from your traffic. There was even something embarrassing like to freeze, not to violate their foreign body this space. Particularly in this place felt the unity of nature and human creations. And as if time had frozen there.
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