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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. For Monastery Sevanavank and beyond, use our Sevan vacation generator to get the most from your Sevan vacation.
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  • Probably in the summer to combine a visit with a visit to Lake pleasant. They say the monastery operates, but I did not notice. Very severe place to weather conditions. We were in November, so strongly resembles our Balaam. On energy place namolennoe.
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  • A must see place. Snow everywhere, so perfect. View from the top is so amazing. Perfect time to go is November. 
  • Surely visit this place in the sunset. Monastery looks like fairy in the evening sun light, flying over the Sevan Lake. There is one of the biggest Moonstone field near so don't forget to buy one. 
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  • The view of Sevan Lake is breathtaking! When you visit Armenia, you MUST include this in your itinerary. Sevanavank (the monasteries in Sevanavank) is in higher location so you will have to climb up (don't worry they have stairs, a long one). Don't forget to bring your jacket, it's cold.
  • It's worth it to visit. Especially for the monastery and the view of Sevan. You can see how huge is Sevan and it's endless waters. Panoramic view of Sevan.
  • Perched onto a small hill, Sevanavan won the best setting with a panoramic view over Lake Sevan, which may be the most atmospheric and solemn cathedral in Armenia. However, it was so disappointed to walk along the lakeside beach as the sand was so coarse and most parts has been privatised and partitioned.
  • A great place! Situated on of the peninsulas, it has a great scenery over the lake. The church matches with the lake... It is dark, the way it was described in Muratsan's tale.
  • It's worthy to visit, nice view and good food there.