Gndevank Monastery

According to historian Stepanos Orbelian, the monastery was built in the 10th c. for Princess Sophia of Syunik, who appointed Priest Sargis as the abbot and artist Yeghishe Priest as the head of the construction.

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Exterior

Well built from polished stone set with egg mortar, the church’s exterior walls show the interior cross form, jutting equally out from the large 12-facet drum with the lower corners filling out the square base. The exterior walls include niche buttresses at the ends of each cross wing, with windows on the upper level.

 


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    How to reach There are two ways to reach Gndevank, both are roads leading to Jermuk. If you take the new highway to Jermuk, you will have to exit into the village of Gndevaz, and hike down the canyon (approx 45 minutes down) to reach the monastery.

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