Monastery Sevanavank, Sevan

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Enjoy a visit to the picturesque site of Monastery Sevanavank, an ancient religious complex that overlooks Lake Sevan. Situated on a peninsula that was once an island before the water level dropped, the monastery stands atop a hill, with scenic views of the lake and the often snow-capped slopes in the backdrop. You'll need to climb a number of stairs to reach the site, but you'll be rewarded with inspiring panoramic views. Explore the two historic churches, most likely dating from the 9th century and exhibiting a typical, simple Armenian style of architecture. You can plan Lake Sevan trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Is the monastery of Sevan. Have been erected in the 9th century on an island in the Lake. Now it is on a peninsula, because in Soviet era water was drained, almost dried Lake and decreased from 20 meters. The monastery consists of two different churches and isolated from each other. The construction, geometry and architecture of the monastery is identical to the many Armenian monasteries. High arches to withstand the pressure of cross-vaults and domes and be less susceptible to earthquakes. Inside follow the Apostolic Armenian almost cult without images and fresh. Inside and outside for the "khachkars" typical Armenian crosses carved in stone headstones, carved not only for religious reasons but also celebratory of great deeds. Emphasize the harmonious stone tracery work. There is a high staircase to enter the monastery.
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  • This site that was for centuries home to a seminary for the training of priests, even today attracts the faithful and priests in training and passage. Beautiful churches and especially the stele with Jesus on the cross
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  • We visited this monastery in October. Very beautiful landscape of sevan lake, and inside the monastery you can buy and light candles. I recommend visiting this place.  more »
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  • Beautiful monastery that sits on top of a hill overlooking the great lake Sevan. Very nice scenery. Restaurants and souvenir shops are available also. It should be included if you're on tour at Armenia.
  • The best place to enjoy the view of Sevan Lake. You have to hike some stairs. The lake is so blue. In winter, i's like a blue sea between snow white covered mountains. So charming.
  • Super views....fresh air....antique churches
  • The monastery is on top of a hill gifting you a breathtaking view over Lake Sevan and its surroundings. Best time to visit is before sunset for the best light.
  • A beautiful place for contemplation and tranquility. Sometimes the tourists can be obnoxious, but they can’t diminish the inherent loveliness of the monastery, the lake, and the wildflowers on the hillside.
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