Goshavank Monastery, Gosh

#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Tavush Province
Admire a pearl of Armenian medieval architecture with exquisite stone carvings at Goshavank Monastery, a huge 12th-century orthodox monastery complex on the hillside above Lake Gosh. Explore some of the world’s finest examples of Armenian cross-tones, or "khachkars" (memorial steles with a cross), a craft protected by UNESCO. Visit two churches within the complex, as well as admiring a bell tower with a book depository, elegant vaults, and pointed arches. Light a candle for lost souls and admire the carved, lacy ornaments decorating the numerous steles. A shrine to the monastery’s founder, Mkhitar Gosh, sits nearby, providing a scenic view of this marvelous stone structure nestled at the bottom of the hills. To visit Goshavank Monastery and get the most from your holiday in Gosh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gosh tour planner.
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  • It is a beautiful monastery, but if you have seen more than five Armenian temples, you will not make a special impression. There are good views of the monastery from the hills. I don't understand why Armenians hang new-found icons in ancient temples, it's very strange.
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  • Beautiful, quiet, clean air, very good for long stay and reflection on the beauty of nature and human soul
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  • Ancient Monastery hidden in the woods with impressive stone carvings and khachqars
  • Middle age Christian monastery with beautiful architectural solutions. There are some ruins of pagan temples. Great nature and tasty cousin in home-made style.
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Duration: 30​min