Private Tour: Hovhannavank, Saghmosavank, Alphabet monument, St. Karmravor church, Chocolate museum

Private Tour: Hovhannavank, Saghmosavank, Alphabet monument, St. Karmravor church, Chocolate museum



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Private Tour: Hovhannavank, Saghmosavank, Alphabet monument, St. Karmravor church, Chocolate museum

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6-7 hours
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Russian, English

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Brief description

During this tour you will visit the slopes of Mount Aragats -the highest point in the teritory of Armenia and the forth highest in the Armenian Highland. First stop is Hovhannavank. Hovhannavank monastery was built in 5th-14th cc, but its oldest section was built in the 4th centuary. The monastery is surrounded by high protective wall, which dates back to 13th-14th cc. The monastery has an umbrella-shaped dome and some important carved scences. It also was an educational center in 12th-17th cc. Karmravor or St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) was built in the 7th century. It is the only Armenian church the original roof of which has been preserved till now. Nearby you will find a medieval graveyard with cross-stones. Saghmosavank monastic complex is a well-known tourist attraction- it was fouded in 1215. The monastery is famous for its manuscripts, many illustrations were created. You will find spirituality and perfect architecture visiting these churches. Armenian alphabet was created by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD. The main goal of the creation of the Armenian alphabet was to write bible for the newly Christian kingdom. And 36 letters were created and then 3 more where added by Koryun. In 2005, on the occasion of the 1600th anniversary the monument of Armenian Alphabet was established, where 39 huge carved letters are presented. And the last and sweet stop of the tour is the Chocolate museum in Aragatsotn province,. Tourists will get acquainted with the history of chocolate, the making process and of course you will taste the best chocolate. Have your meaningful and sweet tour with Jan Armenia Tours and Travel.

  1. Transportation on comfortable vehicles
  2. Drinking water in the vehicle
  3. Taxes
  1. Lunches during the tour. We can organize lunch by prior request
  2.  Additional alcoholic drinks
  1. Please e-mail us if there are children under 3 years with you
  2. In case the tour is organized in other language, changes of the prices are possible.

Stop 1: 11:00 Hovhanavank Monastery

The Hovhanavank Monastery complex is located in the village of Hovhanavan, on the edge of the gorge of the Kasakh River. Perhaps it was dedicated to the Jesus Baptist St. Hovhannes Mkrtich. Traditionally, the monastery was founded in the 4th century, when Gregory the Illuminator built the oldest building of the complex – one – nave basilica. It was rebuilt in 573 BC (the wooden roof was replaced with stone arches). Another restoration was carried out in 1652. The western facade, a big arch, three windows and frescos are well preserved. During the last reconstruction, the emblem of the Vachutian dynasty was depicted on the eastern facade – a giant eagle with a dove in its claws.To the west side is a basilica with an unusual structure. Here there are inscriptions, which date back to the 12th-13th centuries.The main St. Karapet church was built by Prince Vache Vachutyan in 1216-21. It is a cross-shaped inside and rectangular outside dome-shaped structure. A chapel with a four-column central structure adjoins the church and the basilica.About 20 valuable manuscripts preserved in Ohanavank are currently in the Matenadaran of Yerevan.

Stop 2: 12:30 Saghmosavank monastery

The monastery complex Saghmosavank is located on the right bank of the Kasakh River, in the village of Saghmosavan. According to tradition, Saghmosavank was founded by Grigor Lusavorich (Grigory the Illuminator). The St. Sion Church was built by Prince Vache Vachutian in 1215. It is a cross-shaped inside and rectangular outside church with a high cylinder-shaped drum and a conical dome. The facades of the church are decorated with “Armenian hollows. In 1215-35 Vache Vachutian built a four-columned porch adjacent to the west of the St. Sion church, the central part of the ceiling of which has a 12-faceted stone shelter.To the north of the monastery is a cemetery with khachkars from the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1250 a school was founded in Saghmosavank. The monastery was damaged by a devastating earthquake in 1988, but due to reconstruction, it has since 2000 been standing with its exquisite luxury and mystery. The monastery and the library are a wonderful example of the Armenian architecture of the 13th century. For many years many manuscripts were written, copied and illustrated here, some of which have survived to the present day.

Stop 3: 13:30 Armenian Alphabet monument

Armenian Alphabet Monument located on the Western slope of Mount Aragats was built in 2005 and dedicated to the Armenian alphabet’s creation 1600th anniversary. The complex includes sculptures of 39 letters of Armenian alphabet, as well as monuments to the great Armenian thinkers. All the letters and statues are made of Armenian red stone – tuf.  Armenian alphabet was created by Mesrop Mashtots in 405. A huge and rich literature has been created in Armenian language

Stop 4: 15:00 St Karmravor church

Small and simple, beautiful and mysterious St. Astvatsatsin or St. Karmravor Church is located in the high city Ashtarak. Unfortunately, we do not know the date of foundation of the church and the name of the architect, but it is assumed that it is a 7th century Armenian architectural monument. According to the tradition, three sisters, who fell in love with the same young man, Sarkis, lived in Ashtarak many centuries ago. Two older sisters decide to sacrifice themselves and their love for the happiness and love of the younger sister. They dressed in red and apricot – color dresses, thrown into the deep canyon. Knowing the awful news of the sisters’ death, the younger sister wore a white dress and thrown into the gorge. Three churches were built on the edge of the canyon – Karmravor, Tsiranavor and Spitakavor (karmir – red, tsiran – apricot, spitak – white). St. Karmravor Church is one of the typical and purely preserved specimens of the crossed domed structures. According to the latest researches, this type was developed in Armenia in the 5th century and has many examples. Inside the church there are preserved frescoes on the walls. As a monolithic statue the structure is harmoniously impressive due to the highly-arranged proportions. There are interesting khachkars (cross-stones) around the church Karmravor, from which Tsak-Kar is well known. Its name comes from the hole (in armenian hole – tsak) on the pedestal.

Stop 5: 15:30 Chocolate museum “Gourmet Dourme”

“Gourmet Dourme” chocolate house in the Aragatsotn region city opened the first chocolate museum in Armenia. As in all similar museums, also here, visitors can get acquainted with history of chocolate, the making process and try Armenian chocolate with various fillings.

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