Noravank Monastery, Areni

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Marvel at masterpieces of ancient Armenian stonemasonry at Noravank Monastery, an architectural ensemble set in the Amaghu River Gorge. Surrounded by dramatic red cliffs, this stone complex boasts the 14th-century double-decker Surb Astvatsatsin Church (Holy Mother of God), as well as Surb Karapet (St. John The Baptist), built in 1216-1227 while Latin crusaders held Constantinople. Both churches feature characteristic bell tower drums and conical roofs. Explore the complex further to discover a number of intriguing khachkars and important cave complexes. Plan trip to Areni with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • This is a bit out of the way from the other monasteries, however this is a must see. Its in the beautiful area surrounded by mountains and plains. There are a few monasteries here, a bit newer than...  more »
  • This monastery dates from the 13th century and is completely different from other Armenian monasteries. "Noravank" means "new", so this the the "New Monastery". On its first floor, the mausoleum of...  more »
  • I was a tourist and all the spots were really very nice. Very nice and friendly peoples. Highly recommend travel destination.
  • Beautiful. A must visit if you're in Armenia. Weather is also very pleasant. People in Armenia are very kind.

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