Hairavank Monastery

Hairavank was founded in the area of a settlement (2nd-1st millennium BCE– 18th c.) lying along the shore of Lake Sevan.

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In the area are a Bronze Age fortress NW of the monastery, and Iron Age tombs. The tombs show a similarity to those at nearby L’chashen; rectangular box graves with slabs of stones on three sides, the eastern wall covered with rubble.  Items deemed necessary for the after-life (wooden and metal tools, utensils, weapons, totems) were buried with the deceased, who was placed in a fetal position, facing the rising sun.

In the village there are two shrines (Tukh Manuks), with inscribed khachkars. The stones are very old, the khachkars carved over Pagan standing stones. 


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    How to reach From Shengavit district of Yerevan drive 240km to north east. The trip will take approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.

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