The Amazing blend of nature and ancient churches

Historically Armenians built their monasteries hidden from hostile neighbors to avoid destruction and massacre. Most of ancient monuments are restored. The restoration had begun when Armenia was part of the Soviet Union and continues today. Few sources and books avoid mentioning that churches were rebuilt during the Soviet era, some of restored sites were Garni, Geghard, Vagharshapat, Haghartsin, Haghpat and many others.

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Ejmiatsin, Hripsime church

Hripsime, one of the most beautiful and oldest churches in Armenia.

Ejmiatsin, Hripsime church

Hripsime is located in the Ejmiatsin and it was built around 618 AD.

Hripsime church old semetery

Hripsime's old cemetery. Armenian cross stones or Khachkars.

Dilijan, Rothunda

Dilijan's Rotunda was built for an entertainment in the beginning of the last century.

Dilijan, Haghartsin Monastery

Haghartsin, Dilijan. The monastery is hidden in thick, temperate forest.

Dilijan, Haghartsin Monastery

The "Food court" of Armenian priests. Haghartsin monastery XII century.

Dilijan, Haghartsin Monastery

The back view of Hagharzin's "Food court". Endemic lizards are common on the walls.

Armenia, Noravank Monastery

Noravank Monastery, located near Areni village and was built around XII century.

Armenia, Noravank Monastery

Noravank was recently restored and cupola changed the usual view of the church.

Armenia, Noravank Monastery

The monastery was built from local stones and nicely blends into the landscape.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

Goshavank monastery, was also built around XII century and located near Dilijan.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

Old walnut tree and village house in Gosh. Far from the Yerevan and city rush.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

Mchitar Gosh founded one of the oldest Armenian schools in this monastery.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

The metal structure on the left probably the leftover from archaeologists.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

The monastery was neglected in the last 10 years and requires urgent restoration.

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