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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Wall and Residence

The walls were built during the 1691 renovation, when the vank was re-founded. They were rebuilt using pieces of the old wall, plus a number of fine khachkars that are carefully set into the inner walls. 

Along the northern fortifications there are two rooms, one of which was a ginetun (wine cellar).  Attached to the southern and western walls are rows of monastic buildings of various sizes, some two-story with vaulted ceilings. The main hall is impressive, on the S side of the complex, have a large hall, basement, kitchen with large fireplaces. 


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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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