Vorotnavank Monastery, Vorotan

Vorotnavank is a monastic complex located along a ridge overlooking the Vorotan gorge, between the villages of Vaghatin and Vorotan in the Syunik Province of Armenia. The complex is surrounded by a high stone wall for defense against foreign invasions and once housed workshops, stores, a seminary, resort, cemetery and an alms-house. A pillar stood in the yard of the monastery symbolizing that there were monks entering into religious service and kings inaugurated at this location. Hovhan Vorotnetsi, an Armenian medieval philosopher and theologian as well as the founder of Tatev Vardapetaran University lived and worked at the monastery.
Surp Stepanos ChurchThe main church of Surp Stepanos was built in 1000 by Queen Shahandukht, ruler of the lands of Syunik. Prior to the construction of the church stood a shrine to Saint Grigor Lusavorich. Four sacristies were placed at the southeastern end of S. Stepanos.
Surp Karapet ChurchThe adjoining church of Surp Karapet was constructed in 1006-1007 by Queen Shahandukht's son Sevada. The structure has a triple-arched portico at the front façade. A circular drum and a recently reconstructed dome rest above the cruciform plan of the church.
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  • Monastery of which I had heard that it was deserted but beautiful. It is located at the side of Vorotan Gorge in a mountainous environment where the green of vegetation contrasts with reddish rocks enclosed by walls. Abandoned after an earthquake is bare but architecturally remarkable and the whole has a special charm even with the tombstones around. The main church dates back to the year thousand. Only.
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  • This is a nice monastery in a dream setting and is totally ignored by tourists. These all run to Tatev
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  • Beautiful site. The facility was well preserved. A bit off the beaten path but worth the drive.
  • Vorotnavank monastery is located in next to sisian province. The place is good for historical monastery lovers. It is on the edge of a canyon and down there is a river named vorotan river. A calm quiet and less crowded place.
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