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Spitakavor Monastery
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The Spitakavor Monastery complex is located in the Vayots Dzor Province, 7kms north of the Vernashen village on the slopes of Teksar mountain. It is about 8.4 kilometres from the University of Gladzor (Museum) and Tanahat Monastery and about 6 kilometres to the Proshaberd fortress.

The Spitakavor Monastery complex consists of a church, a vestibule, a bell-tower and surrounded by fort-walls. The buildings are made of white shaved felzit. The Spitakavor Monastery was built by two princes from the Proshian dynasty during the Zakarid Armenia period. The construction of the church began by Prince Eachi (died in 1318) and completed in 1321 by his son Prince Amir Hasan II. Between 1321 and 1330, the narthex was built, and in 1330 Hovhannes Proshian and his wife, Tadzna, added a three-story bell-tower to the western wall of narthex. In ancient times it was one of the most significant cultural, educational and spiritual centers in Vayots Dzor

Under the monastery walls there is a grave of Armenian Great General, military leader and political thinker Garegin Nzhdeh. Annually on June 17 Armenians across the world conduct a pilgrimage to the monastery's graveyard.

Copyright: Davit Mirzoyan
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Taken: 26/01/2014
Uploaded: 01/03/2014
Updated: 14/10/2014
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