Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara

A masterpiece of Armenian religious architecture, Gandzasar Monastery treasures relics attributed to St. John the Baptist and his father Zechariah. Surrounded by walls that enclose monk cells, the monastery serves as the seat of the Archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The cathedral dates back to the 13th century and boasts elaborate bas-reliefs. Notice the images of Adam and Eve, the crucifix, and the depiction of two priests offering a model of the church to God. For Gandzasar Monastery and beyond, use our Aghdara day trip site to get the most from your Aghdara vacation.
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  • It was a short drive last week from Khankendi to see the Gandzasar Monastery near Vank in the Mardakert district. It’s a monastery that is almost 800 years old, wonderful architecture and claims to ho...  more »
  • This is a beautiful medieval monastery of importance in showing the presence of Armenians in this region back in the fifth century. The architecture is interesting and best appreciated by use of a goo...  more »
  • Very beautiful ancient monastery. In the monastery of tranquility and solitude, Ghada. worth to visit. One of the most beautiful monasteries with unique façade decorations. Also with peaks offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
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  • Nice place, but a lot od tourists...
  • Beautiful ancient monastery high in the hills. Make sure to also visit the small museum of ancient manuscripts.
  • "Gandzasar" means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian.[
  • Cozy place with nood view.
  • You have to rent a car to come here as the bus service is not very reliable. The 13th Century Gandzasar Monastery, built on the top of small hill, have a wonderful backdrop with tranquil atmosphere. The Armenian church is opened for public to visit but the living quarter for the monks are not.

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