Sevan

Sevan

Sevan is the most famous city, the popular resort in Armenia and one the main cities of Gegharkunik Region. The previous name of the city was Yelenovka.  This city first mentioned in the 3rd millennium BC.

There you can see the fortress of Metsep(3rd millennium BC). Another fortress known as Mashtocner is located near Sevan. From this place opens a beautiful Sevan Lake.

The main treasure of Sevan is considered to be the Sevanavank Monastery; which is a great example of medieval Armenian architecture. It is the most visited destination for tourist.

From the monastery opens a beautiful view of admirable Sevan Lake. This Monastery consists of two churches Saint Astvatsatsin and Saint Arakelots.

Sevanavank is monastery complex on a peninsula of Lake Sevan which is located in Gegharkunik region.  In the results of excavation, it was revealed, that this residence was inhabited in new stone and bronze centuries. After the adoption of the Christianity everywhere were built churches and monasteries. They say that Gregory Enlightener was founded the first two churches in 305; which he called Saint Harutyun and Saint Karapet.

The monastery includes Saint Karapet church, Saint Arakelots and the remains of Saint Harutyun monastic cells and courtyard. According to the inscription on the walls of Saint Arakelots church, in the 9th century, the church was reconstructed and enlarged by duchess Mariam who was a daughter of the founder of Bagratuni Royal House, Ashot 1st Bagratuni.

The legend says that Mashtots Eghvardetsi (Catholicos who worked and lived in Sevanavank) saw a dream in which he gets the order to built churches with the names of 12 Apostles․ then the apostles come over the Lake Sevan and appoint the place of the new church. After his dream by the help of duchess Mariam, he built the second church and called it Saint Astvatsatsin.

Sevan National park is another beautiful place (it was founded in 1978). If you are in this lovely city, you can visit the Sevan Botanical Garden. It has more than 600 species and types of plants. Sevan lake is one of the three biggest lakes in Armenia and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

In summers this city becomes resort place for many Armenians and foreigners, there are a lot of hotels, resort houses, and cottages near the Sevan shore; where you can have a good time. So, you can escape from the hot and sweltering weather of Yerevan and have a good time in Sevan.


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Sevanavank

Sevanavank is monastery complex on a peninsula of Lake Sevan which is located in Gegharkunik region. According to the Armenian historians, Gregory Enlightener was founded the first two churches in 305

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