Horomayri Monastery, Odzun

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Horomayr Monastery (Armenian: Հոռոմայրի վանք) is a monastic complex in the Lori Province of Armenia.

The monastery is built on the cliffs 1 km south of the village of Odzun. It is easiest to get to Odzun from Alaverdi via the town's public transport. To get to the site, the visitor may climb up from the highway along the Debed River, or hike south across the cliffs from the last switchback to Odzun. The fastest but hardest route is to climb down the cliff south of Odzun.
The monastery is built in part at the top of the cliff, in part halfway down. At the top, there is a three-chambered chapel.

Below, the walls of the canyon form one of the four walls of the structures. There are caves within the monastic complex, khachkars, and carvings.

St Mark's Church was built by the Princes Zakare and Ivane Mkhargrdzeli in 1187. The other buildings were built by Abbot Samuel in 1206.
The bottom monument complexes of Horomayri are stretched in the same way as the main church of St. Virgin in the convent of Bardzrakash St. Gregory for the same reasons - highly constrained terrain.
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  • The hike alone is worth the experience to get to the monastery. The Monastery is in ruins but its easy to imagine what it may have looked like. It is nestled amongst rock and cliff escarpments with...  more »
  • There is a very nice trail from Odzun to Horoamayri Monastery. It starts near the old church of Odzun and runs well above the ground of the valley just under the cliffs to the abandoned Horoamayri...  more »
  • Horomayr is near Odzum monastery. But it is hard to reach if you can walk about more than one hour you must go there
  • As indicated by the photos associated with Horomayri, the name actually refers to two different sites -- Lower Horomayri, which is an ancient church, and Upper Horomayri, which is more modern. The two are separated by a cliff, so it is impossible to get from one to the other directly. A trail to Lower Horomayri leads from Aygehat down the cliff and north parallel to the river. Upper Horomayri is accessed via the road between Aygehat and Odzun. Lower Horomayri is not in itself a particularly impressive church. It consists of two main structures, largely overgrown with weeds, and some caves. What is impressive is the view from the trail. But be advised: the trail is a narrow path tucked in the middle of a cliff, and looking up or down will summon vertigo among some visitors.

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