Havuts Tar Monastery, Garni

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Havuts Tar is an 11th to 13th century walled monastery, situated upon a promontory along the Azat River Valley across from the villages of Goght and Garni in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. It is easily reached via the Khosrov State Reserve, located across the Garni Gorge. The Havuts Tar Trail leads directly from the east side of the reserve entrance to the monastic complex. An alternate route/shortcut to the monastery can be found at the end of the main road along the Azat River and just past the fish hatchery ponds.
It takes approximately thirty minutes to reach the ruins of the monastery via the Havuts Tar Trail. A couple of khachkars can be found midway along the trail as it forks left upon a very low mound. Also, a short distance from the monastery in a small field to the left, is a large khachkar and a small ruined monument. Following the trail a little further leads to the fortified walls and ruins of the monastic complex. Just before entering the monastery, a small path leads up a hill to the east and through a semi-wooded area. At the end of the path are the ruins of a small chapel with two large khachkars to the left, and a third to the right.
The majority of the Havuts Tar monastic complex was constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries. After having been badly damaged by a large earthquake in 1679, the monastery was effectively abandoned in the years that followed. Portions of the complex were rebuilt in the early 18th century by the Catholicos Astvatsatur Hamadantsi, and some restoration efforts took place in the early 20th century.
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  • The monastery of Tar Havuts is a few kilometers from Garni and is visible on a promontory above the gorge standing at the temple. You get caught up in curiosity and following a dirt road you get to some suggestive ruins of medieval origin. Beautiful carved decorations and also the masonry in stones of alternating colors. They are ruins but of a certain charm and deserve the digression.
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  • Havuts Tar is probably one of my top 5 favorite churches in Armenia, and I've been to a lot of them. My friend and I decided to check it out because we wanted to do a hike somewhere close to Yerevan. ...  more »
  • One of the best and interesting places in Armenia. Unfortunately it is not well know among tourists. Must see place.
  • Great place for hiking, beautiful views.
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