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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The gavit

The gavit

The gavit or western narthex was commissioned by Vahan’s nephew, Vahan II in the first half of the 10th c. It included a gallery running along its outer length. Befitting this more stately room, the floor is paved with the gravestones for Syunik royalty: Vahan Nakhashinogh (X c), princess Khuchesh (X c), prince Kiurikid (XI c), the military leader Gevorg Pahlevuni (1101), among others.


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