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Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara

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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. Our Aghdara trip generator makes visiting Gandzasar Monastery and other Aghdara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • 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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  • Gandzasar monastery is a 10th to 13th century Armenian monastery situated in the Mardakert district of Artsakh Republic (Armenia). The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist...  more »
  • Beautiful monastery from the 13th century, located on a rocky hill about 40 km from Stepanakert. The church named "Cathedral St John the Baptist" remained intact, offices are held there regularly on weekends and the garden that surrounds the monument offers on the right side of the Church of the ancient cross stones. We must absolutely visit the exhibition of manuscripts in the building located on the left side of the Church and which conceals many works richly illuminated dating from the 13th century. You can also see a showcase dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte with his autograph. This exhibition was created very recently. Finally, at the back of the monument, you have a magnificent view over the Valley that allows you to make beautiful pictures of the landscape. In short, a must.
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  • 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.
  • One of the most beautiful monasteries in Nagorno-Kharabakh! A must-have see location for the tourists!
  • One if the best Armenian monasteries in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
  • One of the best of Armenian monasteries. The jewel of Artsakh
  • Ararat peoples history