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SPITAKAVOR
: Itineraries | : admin | 15.03.2007, 05:21


The monastic complex of SPITAKAVOR is not far from the town of Eghegnadzor. It is located in one of the picturesque corners of Armenia. The monastery is perched high up in unapproachable rocks. It is surrounded with deep gorges from all sides, along which the mountain rivers flow.
The ensemble consists of the church, vestibule and bell tower. It is surrounded with fencing.
The only church of the complex is the church of ASTVATSATSIN. It was built in 1318-1321. The church has a simple strict appearance. Above the entrance door there is a sculptural image of the St.Virgin. It is one of the best examples of the medieval art.
Inside the church there are many sculptural compositions with various plots. The composition representing a prince with his son (which nowadays is in the Hermitage) is remarkable. The composition representing scenes of hunting is quite appealing But especially attractive is the sculpture of the Christ surrounded with apostles.
In 1321-1330 a vestibule was attached to the church, which had the form of rectangular premise. The lower parts of some columns supporting the dome were kept only. In 1330 the original bell tower was built. It is a three-storey construction. The ground floor represents a premise of rectangular form constructed of rough ashlars. The second floor is reveted with smooth stones, and the third floor is an open gallery, crowned with a dome.
In the territory of the monastery there are ruins of the premises as well. The monastic cemetery with highly artistic tombstones has also survived. The ruins of one of the fortresses - Boloraberd lie not far from the monastery.
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