Vahanavank Monastery

This monastery is located 5km south-west of Kapan town, 1.4 km south of Shgharshik district (historic Shekq village). Built over a Bronze Age grave field (13th-11th CC. BCE) it is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Tigranasar on the right bank of the Voghji River, the area covered with lush forests.

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S. Astvatsatsin sepulchre church

S. Astvatsatsin sepulchre church

S. Astvatsatsin sepulchre church In 1086 Queen Shahandukht Siuniats and her sister Katan commissioned the two-story church. The small building rests against the rock hill on top of a vaulted serf wall from split stone. During excavations, a valuable inscription was found, attributed to the Catholicos Stepanos Orbelian (11th c).

Ruined structures include the refectory with painted cornices and 11 c inscription fragments, service buildings, monk cells and a still working 10th c cold spring.

The vank includes khachkars, most dating to the 10th-11th c, including some excellently detailed masterpieces.

To the SE there is a large late Bronze Age tomb field dated to the end of the 2nd millennium BCE.


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