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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Introduction

Introduction

The vank was founded in 911 by Vahan, son of Prince Dzaghik of Kapan, who is reported to have taken the monk’s robe to cure himself of demonic possession (Stepanos Orbelian, History of Siunik). Attracting 100 like-minded acolytes, he had the original S. Grigor Lusavorich church built, and was buried near the western doorway.


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