Makaravank

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icon-map4006, Tavush Region, Republic of Armenia

Makaravank monastery which was built in the 13th century is located on the slopes of Paytataph mount, in Tavush Region.  The monastery in its uniqueness, richness, and diversity occupies an important place in Armenian architecture.

The only written reference about church belonged to historian Kirakos Gandzaketsi. There is a legend about Makaravank Monastery, that the church was built a master called Makar and his only son. After knowing about the death of the son the master threw himself from the church. Others buried Makar under the wall of the church and called the church Makaravank. This monastery complex includes Saint Astvatsatsin an old and the main churches, courtyards, chapels, barriers, cemetery and other buildings.

The main church of the complex (1205) has wide, bright and impressive structure. The unique sculptures of the inside walls are considered to be the masterpieces of Armenian medieval Art. The sculptures are mythical animals with a human head, a man holding tools with “young- yeritasard”.The locals believe that Yeritasard was master-architecture of the church because he had tools in his hand. In the entrance stone of the church, there is an inscription, mentioning the word “Makaravank”.

The oldest church is located in north-eastern part of the Main church. The style is like the buildings of the 11th-12th centuries.  Saint Atsvatsatsin church was built in 1198. The small chapel is located in the northern part of it.

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