Unusual decor at Geghard Monastery

Unusual decor at Geghard Monastery

Temple of Garni

The Temple of Garni (Armenian: Գառնիի տաճար , [4] Gaṙnii tačar, [ˈgɑrnii ˈtɑtʃɑʁ] ) [a] is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. Built in the Ionic order in the village of Garni, Armenia, it is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.

The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. After Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century, it was converted into a royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III. According to some scholars it was not a temple but a tomb and thus survived the destruction of pagan structures. It collapsed in a 1679 earthquake. Renewed interest in the 19th century led to excavations at the site in early and mid-20th century, and its eventual reconstruction between 1969 and 1975, using the anastylosis method. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Armenia and the central shrine of Hetanism (Armenian neopaganism).

The Most Beautiful Monasteries Around the World

Whether you plan to visit as many beautiful monasteries as you can in your lifetime (like me!), or simply enjoy the chance to see photos of peaceful and beautiful monasteries — here is a collection of some of the most beautiful monasteries in the world. Submitted by travelers and travel bloggers, these monasteries provide a glimpse into the world’s religious traditions and cultures, and how you can take part or visit for yourself.

Santa Catalina Monastery in Peru

7 most Beautiful Monasteries in Armenia

Armenia is a home to a complex culture and some of the world’s greatest religious shrines. While planning your trip to Armenia, you will definitely think of including some of the heritages of Armenia’s culture, the bright examples of which are our world famous monasteries. Having this information in your pocket, you will noticeably ease your selection process.

Tatev Monastery

Tatev is a medieval Monastery in Syunik Region, 280 km away from Yerevan. These unique impregnable masterpiece merged with fathomless nature conquers your heart from the very first visit. The fortified Tatev monastery was built between 9-13 centuries and consists of three churches (St. Paul and Peter, St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Mary), a library, dining hall, belfry, mausoleum as well as other administrative and auxiliary buildings. Aside from the buildings, the monastery boasts an upright pendulum, known as the Gavazan (staff). The Legend tells us that Gavazan sustained even the 1931 earthquake when everything around — the cathedral, St. Grigor Lusavorich Church, the porch and the belfry were destroyed.

Noravank Monastery

Noravank is another medieval Armenian monastery located 122 km away from Yerevan and standing at the end of the canyon, surrounded by impressive brick-red cliffs. Even though the name is literally translated as “New Monastery”, it is a 7 centuries old monastic complex, which includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with an arced hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God).
A legend tells as a story about Noravank’s origin. According to it there was an architect in Syunik region named Momik, who fell in love with the daugher of Syunik’s governor. As the later was worried about this love between Momik and his daughter, he tried to give him an impossible task, thus trying to get rid of poor architect. He ordered Momik to build a magnificent church within 3 years, and if successfully completed, he would get his daughter as his wife. Momik started building the church eagerly. The years passed and Momik built this divine church complex. The governor was worried about the successful completion of the task and before Momik would finish the construction, he sent a murderer to kill him. The unsuspecting architect was pushed from the roof and died.

Khor Virap Monastery

Khor Virap Monastery is located on a hillock in Ararat Region about 30km south of Yerevan. Its history dates back from 6th to 17th centuries. It is composed of a deep dungeon where according to the legend Trdat the 3rd imprisoned Grigory the Illuminator for 13 years for preaching Christianity. According to the Legend God then punished Trdat misdeeds by depriving him sanity. Trdat adopted the behavior of a wild boar, aimlessly wandering around in the forest. In her sleep Khosrovidukht, Trdat’s sister had a dream where appeared to her a vision from God telling her to get back from the prison Gregory who will teach the remedy of Trdats ills. This vision is repeated for five times. But no one believed that Gregory would be alive after so many years at the very sight of the snakes. But a Christian woman had taken care of Trdat bringing him a piece of bread each day. So Trdat released Grigori the Illuminator and immediately got recovered from his ills. Trdat rewarded Grigori sending him to Caesaria to be consecrated a bishop. Thus Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity in 301 AD. Later in 642 Catholicos Nerses built a chapel over the jail-dungeon. From here the most wonderful view of the Mount Ararat can be admired.

Geghard Monastery

Geghard is another medieval monastery founded in 4th century by Grigory the Illuminator. Some parts of the monastery are carved out of the mountains. At the early period the monastery was called Ayrivanq, which is literally translated as monastery of caves. The main architectural complex was completed in the 13th century AD and consists of the cathedral, the adjacent narthex, eastern and western rock-cut churches, the family tomb of Proshyan princes, Papak’s and Ruzukan’s tomb-chapel, as well as various cells and numerous rock-cut cross-stones (khachkars).
As the monastery is partially carved out of the mountain, the locals have their own explanation for this. According to a legend, a sister and a brother from a noble family decided to build a temple higher up the gorge of Azat River and live there. But, they were undecided where exactly to build it and asked for the God’s help. They waited for a sign, and one morning saw that their hoe was stuck on top of the mountain. That was the sign. The siblings built the temple inside the rock with the help of a saint virgin and lived here till the end of their lives.
There is also a healing water of the spring that comes out of the rock under the north wall of the main church.

Goshavank Monastery

Goshavank is a bright example of Armenain medieval arcitect. Goshavank was built in 1188, adjacent to Getik monastery that was ruined during an earthquake. Nestled in the village of Gosh, it is named after Mkhitar Gosh, who was the founder of the monastery and an Armenian scholar. Afterhis death he was burried in a chapel overlooking to the main church.
Goshavank features a main church (Surp Astvatsatsin) and smaller churches to St Gregory of Narek and St Gregory the Illuminator. The tower on the matenadaran (library) was once taller than the main church. With a school attached, the library is said to have held 15,000 books before it was burned by Timur’s army in the 13th century.

Haghartsin Monastery

Haghartsin is a 13th-century monastery nestled in the woodlands of Dilijan, Tavoush Region. The territory of the medieval monastery is vast and is occupied by St. Gregory church (11 th century), St. Astvatsatsin church (1281), St. Stepanos church (1244), the 13 th – century chapel, the tomb of Bagratids (12 th century), the refectory (1248) and various premises built in the 12 th – 13 th centuries. Located 2 km from the monastery are the ruins of medieval village of Haghartsin.
According to the legend the monastery’s name has the roots “hagh” meaning game and “artsiv” meaning an eagle. Going back to the origins, it is said at the monastery’s dedication an eagle was soaring above its dome as if playing around it, and there came the name of the monastery.

Sevanavank Monastery

Sevanavank is a 9 century monastic complex located in the northwestern shore of Sevan Peninsula. It is comprised of two churches, Surb Arakelots (Holy Apostles) and Surb Astvatsamayr (Holy Mother of God). The architecture of both churches is almost the same they are made of black tuff in the form of a cross. Surb Astvatsamayr Church used to preserve the most important gifts to the monastery, including 200 manuscripts, 400 printed books, jewelry, crosses, and many other items.
According to an inscription found in the territory, the monastery was built by Armenian princess Mariam, daughter of Ashot I, who later became the king of Armenia and the founder of Bagratuni dynasty. Sevanavank is one of the 30 churches that Princess Mariam vowed to build in the memory of her husband. King Ashot I, in his turn, presented six villages and gardens in the territory of today’s Garni and Yerevan to the monastery.

Famous Historical Buildings and Cool Architecture

Buildings can become world-renowned for many different reasons. Some structures were the site of historically-significant events, while others offer a unique architectural charm that makes them interesting or special.

People who love architecture will invest the time to analyze structural shapes, cultural symbols, ancient styles and design concepts, materials and colors used, and how art and science came together to create a surviving piece of history.

Architectural works can also simply be appreciated as works of art, offering inspiration in your own life to build a lasting legacy. After all, old civilizations are generally identified by their cultural achievements, and standing in awe of something beautiful and majestic may just spark your creativity.

The world has many amazing buildings from the past and a number of modern marvels that are being erected today. Whether you’re consumed by wanderlust and need ideas on places to travel or just want to check out some of the coolest buildings on the planet, these impressive structures and designs will inspire you.

Here is a list of 50 famous buildings with unique architecture you need to see as you travel around the world.

Sagrada Família (Barcelona, Spain)

Architect Antoni Gaudí combined curvilinear Art Nouveau with Gothic influences in the architectural plans for this building. The project was solely funded by private donations and faced many setbacks, including being set on fire during the Spanish Civil War. Gaudí died before it could be completed, and it remains unfinished to this day.

Geghard Monastery (Goght, Armenia)

The Geghard is a medieval monastery in Armenia that was carved from stone and built into the mountainside. The complex was constructed in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator, and the main chapel was established in 1215. The name “Geghard” means “the Monastery of the Spear” and refers to the spear that wounded Jesus during the Crucifixion. The spear is believed to have been brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude.

Acropolis of Athens (Athens, Greece)

This ancient citadel is perched atop a rocky outcrop that towers above Athens. The complex lies largely in ruins now, though there has been some restoration work done. The Acropolis consists of over twenty structures, including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike.

Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)

The Musée d’Orsay is a museum housed in what was once a Beaux-Arts railroad station. The barrel-vaulted main hall features intricate architectural details while also allowing floods of natural light to enter inside.

Château de Chenonceau (Chenonceaux, France)

This classic French chateau features a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It’s large and lush gardens are comparable to those of the Palace of Versailles. But its most stunning view is of the wing that fully spans the River Cher.

Dancing House (Prague, Czechoslovakia)

This whimsical building stands out from all the other Art Nouveau, Gothic, and Baroque architecture in the area. Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić collaborated on this deconstructivist structure that looks like it’s twisting and collapsing in on itself.

The Guggenheim (New York City, New York, United States)

This art museum was designed by the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building has a cylindrical shape that is narrower at the bottom and widens at the top. This makes it so that the inside layout consists of a unique ramp gallery that unfolds in a continuous spiral. Wright conceived the design as a “temple of the spirit”.

Taj Mahal (Agra, India)

This immense white marble mausoleum was constructed to hold the tomb of the favorite wife of a shah. The 42-acre complex features formal gardens surrounded by crenelated walls. There is also a gated mosque with a vaulted dome and a guest house on the grounds.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Rio de Janeiro features many landmarks, and this is one of its most famous. The saucer-shaped building has been compared to a UFO. Part of its interest comes from the juxtaposition of having such a modernist structure on a beach.

Pyramids of Giza (Giza, Egypt)

The Giza Pyramid Complex boasts three main pyramids along with several subsidiary pyramids. The famed statue of the Sphinx is there, too. These stone structures are all architectural treasures.

Le Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)

This multicultural complex was designed to bring different aspects of literature and art together in the heart of Paris’ 4th arrondissement. It houses buildings and sculptures. It is home specifically to an immense public library as well as the famed Musée National d’Art Moderne.

Gateway Arch (St. Louis, Missouri, United States)

This 630-foot structure is the world’s tallest arch. The Gateway Arch is wrapped in stainless steel and was built in the shape of a weighted catenary arch. This famed tourist spot is also commonly called “The gateway to the West”.

The Gherkin (London, England)

This commercial skyscraper’s official name is 20 St Mary Ax, but its cylindrical shape resembles a pickle. Hence, it is commonly known as The Gherkin. It is clad in 24,000 square meters of glass in different cultures, creating a swirling design.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasília (Brasília, Brazil)

Most people picture gothic architecture when they think of cathedrals. This more modern geometric cathedral is designed as a hyperboloid structure of 16 concrete columns that curve inward. The heavy columns are balanced by the 16 pieces of colored fiberglass that make up the outer roof.

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba (Cordoba, Spain)

This noted example of Moorish architecture was originally an Islamic mosque, which has become a Roman Catholic cathedral. The most famous part of this structure is an arcaded hypostyle hall. It boasts over 850 columns made of granite, jasper, marble, onyx, and porphyry.

Westminster Abbey (London, England)

This Gothic abbey church was built over the course of centuries, but the architecture of the Westminster Abbey is unusually cohesive in design. Every aspect, from the tall carved ceilings to the stained glass windows, is beautifully ornate.

Dresden Frauenkirche (Dresden, Germany)

The Dresden Frauenkirche is a Lutheran Church that was built in the 18th century before being destroyed during World War II. It was reconstructed in 1992 using the original builder plans. As much of the original rubble as possible was salvaged during the rebuilding process.

Château Frontenac (Quebec, Canada)

In the 19th century, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company built this historic hotel. It includes Châteauesque elements like steeply pitched roofs, an asymmetrical design, and immense towers and turrets. It served as the template for several other grand railway hotels.

The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)

Rome is a unique European city with modern structures right alongside classic architecture that is thousands of years old. The Colosseum is a freestanding elliptical theatre that has become run down over the years, but features like the monumental facade and arches remain.

One World Trade Center (New York City, New York, United States)

As the tallest building in the United States and sixth tallest in the world, One World Trade Center is a relatively recent construction that was built on the site of the Twin Towers to memorialize the September 11 attacks. The simple and symmetrical profile ensures that the building blends into New York’s famous skyline.

The Lotus Temple (New Delhi, India)

This Baháʼí House of Worship is open to people of all religions to gather, reflect, and even pray. The building is designed to look like a lotus blossom unfolding. It is made of freestanding marble-clad petals that look surprisingly delicate despite their impressive size.

St. Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow, Russia)

A fanciful church-turned-museum, this building was designed to emulate the shape of a bonfire flame rising into a sky. Its many towers and onion domes have been painted and dyed a series of vivid colors.

Dome of the Rock (Jerusalem, Israel)

This Islamic shrine is one of the longest-standing examples of Islamic architecture. The architecture was influenced by Byzantine churches and palaces, which can still be seen in the prolific mosaics. But other standout elements like gold plating on the dome were added later.

Casa Milà (Barcelona, Spain)

Famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed this modernist private residence in the early 20th century. It is often referred to as “the stone quarry” thanks to its curvy self-supporting rough stone facade. It’s also lined with twisted wrought-iron balconies and boasts an immense rooftop terrace.

The White House (Washington D.C., United States)

The official residence of the president of the United States was designed in the neoclassical style. Classical influences can be found throughout, most notably in the columned portico on the northern facade.

Forbidden City (Beijing, China)

At 720,000 square meters, this massive complex is the largest palace in the world. It consists of 980 buildings and houses an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts. It’s surrounded by an impressive moat as well as a high city wall.

Lincoln Center (New York City, New York, United States)

Over a dozen architects worked on the buildings in this performing arts plaza. Notable buildings in it include the Metropolitan Opera House and Juilliard School. Though there are different architectural styles in each building, the overall look is clean and cohesive.

The Shard (London, England)

This glass-encased 95-story skyscraper is the tallest building in the United Kingdom. The spire-like architecture was inspired by railway lines and the masts of sailing ships. The glazing and angles of the glass mean the building’s appearance changes according to the weather and time of year.

Le Mont-Saint-Michel (Normandy, France)

This Benedictine abbey was built throughout the centuries, and many of the structures on the grounds are considered to be architectural marvels. The overall design combines elements of Roman and Gothic styles, making the Le Mont-Saint-Michel one of the coolest-looking places to visit.

Bran Castle (Bran, Romania)

This Cambodian temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world based on land area. It became a Buddhist temple in the 12th century but was constructed as a Hindu temple to celebrate the god Vishnu. It combines a temple-mountain and a galleried temple, both of which are the two essential forms of Khmer temple architecture.

Konark Sun Tower (Konark, India)

This Art Deco-style skyscraper is the tallest building in the world to feature both a steel framework and bricks. Fifty gleaming metal ornaments meant to pay homage to gargoyles adorn the building’s corners, along with areas of ornamental metal cladding and a memorable crown and spire.

Sacré-Cœur (Paris, France)

People are often surprised to learn that the remote region of Tibet is home to such a massive palace, which served as the winter residence of every Dalai Lama for over three hundred years. It’s a truly impressive feat of architecture. It’s thirteen stories tall and holds over a thousand rooms and 10,000 shrines. Copper was poured into the foundation to protect it against earthquakes.

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)

This modern expressionist performing arts center was one of the most iconic and unusual buildings constructed worldwide during the twentieth century. Large precast concrete shells featuring an understated chevron pattern loom over Sydney Harbor.

Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most well-known architects of all time, and this is probably his most famous structure. The private residence got its name because it was built partially over a waterfall, which appears to flow through and out of the house.

The Pantheon (Rome, Italy)

A Seattle landmark, this observation tower was constructed specifically for the 1962 World’s Fair. The hourglass-shaped tower is topped by a 360-degree halo which contains a restaurant and observation deck.

Villa Savoye (Poissy, France)

Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, is a 315-foot tall neo-Gothic clock tower that still uses its original Victorian mechanism. It’s part of the Palace of Westminster complex, a historic building complex was done in the Gothic Revival style which serves as a meeting place for England’s Houses of Parliament.

Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

This freestanding bell tower stands on an unstable foundation and famously began leaning during its construction in the 12th century. It has been stabilized in recent years, but still tilts at a rakish four degrees.

Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)

Lina Bo Bardi designed this glass and concrete building whose main hall is held up by two cherry red lateral beams. It is considered to be the hallmark of modern Brazilian architecture.

Flatiron Building (New York City, New York, United States)

This chapel is part of the Apostolic Palace which is the official residence of the pope. While many famous buildings have artwork hanging on the walls, there is art painted directly onto the walls and ceilings of the Sistine Chapel by luminaries like Michelangelo.

Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

Also referred to as the Blue Mosque, the Sultan Ahmed is an iconic Ottoman-era mosque adorned with hand-painted blue tiles along the interior. The enormous structure boasts five main domes and eight secondary domes, as well as six minarets. At night, the whole structure is illuminated by blue lights.

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Place of Origin

In the rugged Upper Azat Valley in Armenia, around the entrance to the rock-carved Geghard Monastery, you’ll notice elderly ladies clustered around roadside stalls leading to the site, selling round Gata cakes inscribed with patterns and intricate Armenian script.

The glazed pastry has a crusty texture that’s soft once you bite into it, and is stuffed with a sweet filling (khoriz) made from a fluffy mixture of flour, butter, and sugar, with a consistency of baked custard. Though styles will vary between regions and villages—with variants including matsuni (Armenian yogurt), walnuts, or dried fruit in the filling—the most famous version comes from the villages around Geghard and Garni, where locals will decorate these round pastries with tree-like motifs, diamond shapes, hearts, or words (such as “Geghard”).

These delicious cakes, which are actually more like a sweetened kind of bread, have their roots in religious tradition. Armenia adopted Christianity in the fourth century after the religious leader Gregory the Illuminator baptized the royal family. Shortly thereafter, Gregory identified a sacred spring in a cave at Geghard and the first chapel was built inside. In the centuries that followed, monks built more formal structures, including the most prominent chapel in 1215, using rocks from surrounding cliffs.

While it’s unclear when vendors started selling Gata cakes at the site, the treats have been linked to Christian traditions for some time. They’re particularly prevalent during the Christian holiday of Candlemas (Tiarn’ndaraj). According to the Armenian Apostolic Church’s calendar, the celebration occurs 40 days after Christmas and commemorates when the baby Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem. Armenian women knead their love and warmth for their family into the dough, so that each cake bestows peace and success upon their household. In addition to love and flour, a coin is often hidden inside the bread. The person to get the coin will enjoy good luck all year.

Need to Know

Despite being a holiday treat, Gata cake is baked year-round in Armenia, and you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a bite with a cup of coffee.

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Are you planning to spend your holidays in Armenia? Then don&rsquot miss your chance to take part in one of the famous excursions in Armenia. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view of the Garni pagan temple, see the Geghard monastery, and then spend a wonderful leisure time around the tonir while cooking and tasting Armenian bread - lavash.

Stop 1: Garni temple

The pagan temple of Garni was built in the second half of the 1st century by King Trdat III. This is the only pagan temple, which has been preserved on the territory of Armenia, as after the adoption of Christianity it became the summer residence of Hosorovduht, sister of King Trdat III. It was destroyed in 1679 by an earthquake. Parts, fragments of graceful columns and wall stones were spread around the temple. It is supposed that the temple was dedicated to Mithra, the God of the Sun.

Stop 2: Geghard Monastery

Geghard Monastery is one of the greatest medieval architectural structures in Armenia. Geghard is completely hollowed out in a cave, it is also called a "cave monastery". This monastery was founded in the 4th century AD. in place of the sacred spring, originating in the cave. The name of the monastery complex Geghard (spear) comes from the Langin's spear, which pierced the body of Jesus Christ on the cross. At the moment this spear is kept in the museum of Etchmiadzin. The monastery complex Geghard is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stop 3: National bread &ldquoLavash&rdquo baking and tasting

Not far from the temple of Garni (about 10 minutes&rsquo walk), there is a cozy local restaurant with an amazing view of the temple, where you can relax and take part in master-class of tasting of freshly baked lavash &ndash traditional Armenian flatbread.

Tour 2: Echmiadzin (Mother Cathedral, St. Hripsime & St. Gayane churches Treasury Museum), Zvartnots Temple

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Stop 1: St Hripsimeh church

The Temple of Saint Hripsime was founded in the 7th century by Catholicos Komitas I Aghtsetsi in the place of a sepulcher of Saint Hripsime. Since 2000 Saint Hripsime Temple has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Two prominent Armenian Cathlicoses are buried in the court yard of Saint Hripsime Temple. They are Catholicos Astvatsatur (1715-1725) and Catholicos Garaped II Oolnetzi (1725-1729).

Stop 2: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral

You will visit the city of Echmiadzin and the Mother Cathedral of Echmiadzin. One of the world ancient cathedrals, namely mother cathedral of Echmiadzin was built in the area where the advent of Jesus occurred according to the First Armenian Patriarch (All Armenian Catholicos/Holiness) Gregory the Illuminator&rsquos dream. It is also considered to be the first mother cathedral of the antique Armenia. The church was built in 301-303. The cathedral is included in UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stop 3: St, Gayane church

St. Gayane Temple was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Above the western entrance there was preserved the murals of the 17th century on the theme of the birth of Christ.

Stop 4: Zvartnots temple

After studying the history of Christianity you can also pay a visit to the Zvartnots temple/cathedral which is considered to be as a unique architectural structure and is involved in the world list of UNESCO heritage sites. Here the temple/fane of the pagan god Tir was situated. Then in the 7 th century the Zvartnots temple or Saint Gregory Cathedral was built. The floor, somewhere the lower wall constructions, capitals, anchors, the sculptured sun-clock and the remnants of fresco, mosaics, etc. are currently preserved here.

Where to Stay in Yerevan

If you’re looking to crash in Yerevan and just venture to Garni as a day trip, there are a plethora of places to stay in Yerevan. Here are our three top picks for all budgets:

  • The Alexander: This hotel is high-end and the finest and most luxurious hotel in Yerevan. You can check out rates and availability for The Alexander here.
  • 14th Floor: A mid-range hotel right in the city center of Yerevan, 14th Floor offers excellent views and service while delivering on all your basic amenities. Rooms are modern and nice. You can check out rates and availability for 14th Floor here.
  • Grand Hostel: This is one of our top hostel picks in Yerevan as it is insanely clean and offers great service run by a friendly and hospitable family. They have private rooms as well as dorms. You can check out rates and availability for Grand Hostel here.

A trip to Garni is a great way to add history, culture, and nature to your Armenia trip. It is an easy day trip from Yerevan and you will find excellent food and views while there. Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

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Gandzasar means Treasure Mountain. The Legend says that the head of Saint John the Baptist is buried beneath the church. The priests came to the church of Gandzasar by the call of faith, which penetrated into the walls of monastery and cathedral. The hands of priests that hold the church are offering it to the God, and the church itself is a symbol of faith and harmony.

Haghartsin monastery, built by kings of an ancient dynasty and surrounded by deep woodlands in the mountains. The call of Hope brings the priests to the Haghartsin Monastery. The modest meal and memories about the ancient dynasty of Princes transmit hope and peace.

Noravank monastery. The ancient sculptor and miniaturist called Momik designed the masterpiece and connected a story of love to the walls of the Monastery. The call of Love was symbolized by a couple of loving young people. They bring the priests to the Noravank Monastery, where the true love can live forever.

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