Private tour to Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery, Dilijan and Haghartsin Monastery from Yerevan

2 Abovyan St, Yerevan, Armenia
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Discover the monastery of Sevanavank of the IX century, with two churches and many ancient khachkars and explore Haghartsin. Read More

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This tour is organized into different stops. Here is a list, to give you a clear idea of what you will be enjoying. Stop 1: 11:00am Lake Sevan The high-mountainous Lake Sevan is the “pearl of Armenia”. The lake is located at an altitude of 1,900 m above sea level at the center of the Armenian highland, 63 km northeast of the Armenian capital Yerevan and is the largest of the Caucasus lakes. From all sides, Sevan is surrounded by mountain ranges, offering a stunning view on the alpine lake. The lake is famous for its fresh water and pure mountain air has a beneficial effect on health.Stop 2: 11:30am Sevanavank monastery The Sevanavank monastery complex is located on the peninsula of Sevan. In 305, it was founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator, who built the church on the place of a pagan temple. In the 9th century the princes of Syunik turned Sevan into a fortified stronghold in their support. In 874 Mariam, the wife of the Syunik prince Vassak and the daughter of the king Ashot Bagratuni, built here two churches: St. Arakeloc and St. Astvatcatcin. They are rich in wood-carved elements, a part of which is kept in the Armenia State Museum of History and in the Art Gallery of St. Petersburg (Hermitage). In 1869 a spiritual school opened in the complex. On top of the mountain of the island the remnants of the church with a domed hall are preserved. The territory of the cloister is rich in khachqars (cross-stones).Stop 3: 3:00pm Dilijan old city You will visit Dilijan city, one of the most important and beautiful cities in Armenia. You will walk in old city center and enjoy the city's unique atmosphere.Stop 4: 4:30pm Haghartsin Monastery Haghartsin is a spiritual and cultural center of medieval Armenia, located 12 km from Dilijan, surrounded by thick woods and beautiful landscapes. It is considered to be a unique example of architecture and nature harmony. The monument is located on a plateau surrounded by forested mountains, far beyond the settlements, with remarkable architectural value monuments and over hundreds of inscriptions, which contain rich material on the socio-political history of medieval Armenia. Together with Goshavank, Haghpat and Varagavanq, the Haghartsin monastery participated in a long and stubborn struggle for the promotion of education in the country and the preservation of the Armenian Church’s religion. Historical sources, however, give very poor information about this remarkable monument. The exact date of Haghartsin’s monastery construction is unknown. It is only known that in the middle of the 12th century it already existed. Haghartsin monastery is connected with the name of Khachatur Taronatsi, a prominent figure of the medieval, virtuous and well-educated, musician. During his leadership, Haghartsin monastery flourished, new constructions were built, and a remarkable monastic school was opened. He died and was buried in front of the Cathoghike Church in Haghartsin monastery. St. Astvatsatsin Church is the main and largest church of the monastery, with a rectangular cross-country structure with a square plan. Facing stone is made of blue basalt and yellow limestone. In Haghartsin monastery complex there is also St. Grigor church, St. Cathoghike church, St. Stepanos church and a refectory.

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Entrance fees. Water. Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle

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Visit the alpine lake Sevan, the “pearl of Armenia”. Discover the monastery of Sevanavank of the IX century, with two churches and many ancient khachkars. Explore Haghartsin, the spiritual and cultural center of medieval Armenia, a unique example of harmony between architecture and nature

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