Lake Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin monastery - Goshavank monastery

Daily tour, one day trip: Lake Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin monastery - Goshavank monastery

One-day tour in Armenia we will start in the morning and set off to the pearl of Armenia – blue lake Sevan. Sevan is a freshwater lake in the Armenian highlands. It is the largest lake in the Caucasus. It is guaranteed as the largest source of fresh water in the region.

We also visit  Sevanavank - a monastery in the north-west coast of the lake. The monastery is located on Sevan peninsula, which was previously a small island.

Dilijan

Afterwards we visit Tavush Province of Armenia – a small town-resort of Dilijan, located on the picturesque banks of the river Aghstev. Dilijan is is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. The Sharambeyan street in the centre, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town", complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum.

Haghartsin Monastery

The next stop will be Haghartsin Monastery. Haghartsin is a 13th-century monastery located near the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries,  much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty.

The oldest large structure of the complex, the St. Grigor Church, is accessible through its gavit.

St. Astvatsatsin Church in Haghartsin (1281) is the largest building and the dominant artistic feature. The sixteen-faced dome is decorated with arches, the bases of whose columns are connected by triangular ledges and spheres, with a band around the drum’s bottom. This adds to the optical height of the dome and creates the impression that its drum is weightless.

The small St. Stepanos Church dates back to 1244. The refectory of Haghardzin, built by the architect Minas in 1248, is divided by pillars into two square-plan parts roofed with intersecting arches. The walls are lined with stone benches, and at the western butt wall, next to the door, there is a broad archway for the numerous pilgrims to navigate. The proportionally diminishing architectural shapes create the impression of airiness and space.

Goshavank monastery

Goshavank (also Nor Getik) is a 12th- or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh in the Tavush Province of Armenia.

The impressive monastery which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world's finest examples of a khachkar.

Goshavank was erected in the place of an older monastery once known as Nor Getik, which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1188.

Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, scientist and author of numerous fables and parables as well as the first criminal code, took part in the rebuilding of the monastery.

The complex was later renamed Goshavank and the village named Gosh in his honor.

The book depository with a bell tower in Goshavank is a structure of unusual composition. Originally, before 1241. there had been in its place a small building with niches for keeping books with a wooden glkhatun type ceiling.

The khachkars created by the carver Pavgos in Goshavank stand out among the rest. The best of them is a 1291 khachkar with the maker's name carved in the bottom left star, which is one of the most intricate examples in existence.

 

Duration: 7-8 hours

Price of group and individual excursions

(The price is written on the transportation regardless the number of the participents)

Price without a guide
1-3 pers. 4-6 pers. up to 7 pers.
85 USD
100 USD
on request
Price with a guide
1-3 pers. 4-6 pers. up to 7 pers.
140 USD 155 USD on request
The price does not include:
  • entrance tickets to the historical and cultural centers;
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