Geghardavank (meaning: the monastery of the spear) was founded in the fourth century by Saint Gregory. It’s principal chapel was build in the 13th century. The name comes from the monasteries most relevant relic: The spear with which Jesus was wounded during crucification. Today it is displayed in Echmiadzin, currently on loan to a New […]
The Monastery was build in 13th century and is picturesquely located next to the gorge of Kasagh river. One peculiarity of this Monastery is the tympanum of the “Bearded Virgins” which are obviously also depicted in Hovanavank Monastery. There is the myth that there are five wise virgins and five stupid virgins with beards and Jesus […]
Sanahin Monastery (meaning: This one is older than that one – referring to Haghpat Monastery) was clearly one of my favorite Monasteries from the felt 200 Monasteries we have seen during our stay in Armenia. It was build in the 10th century. It is more chaotic and full of hidden symbols than other monasteries I […]
Haghpat Monastery was build in the 10th century and was listed – together with Sanahin Monastery – as Unesco World Heritage Site.
Gukhtak Churches Matosavank Monastery I saw a sign for the Transcaucasian Trail on the way and was surprised because I always thought the trail to be located in the upper Caucasus in Georgia. I looked for a map and the only thing I found was a map from a planned […]
Goshavank Monastery (meaning: the Monastery of Gosh) is from the 12th or 13th century. It’s recent renovation was payed by an islamic person from the United Arabic Emirates out of unknown reasons. Rosas Haiku: Wasser Mehl und Salz Der Tonir hütet die Glut Das Brot häutet sich
Hripsime was a VIP from an imperial roman family in third century. She was very beautiful and so Emperor Diocletian felt entitled to marry her. But she wanted to be a nun and fled – together with 70 other virgins – to Jerusalem and later to Armenia. When they arrived in Armenia King Trdat III […]
Tatev Monastery is the most famous Monastery in Armenia. Maybe it is due to its history as a significant cultural, spiritual, political and economic center, maybe because of its picturesque location on the edge of a cliff to the Vorotan Gorge or maybe because of the newly buildt “Wings of Tatev” an arial tramway, 5,7 […]
Noravank (meaning: new) Monastery build in 13th century is a beautiful medieval building complex located 122km south-east of Yerevan in the gorge of Amaghu River. We hiked there through a yellow and red landscape with some great views.
Khor Virap (meaning: Deep Dungeon) Monastery is located directly next to the turkish frontier with stunning views on the Ararat Mountains which were formerly located on Armenian ground. While belonging to Turkey today, Greater Ararat and Little Ararat are still THE national symbol of Armenia. Rosas Haiku: Wolkenumkost ruht Der Ararat – zu Füssen die […]