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[[Image:Gtichavank-P1002663.JPG|thumb|500px|right|General view before renovation]]
 
[[Image:Gtichavank-P1002663.JPG|thumb|500px|right|General view before renovation]]
 
[[Image:Gtichavank_monastery-IMG_3723.JPG|thumb|300px|right|Monastery under renovation]]
 
[[Image:Gtichavank_monastery-IMG_3723.JPG|thumb|300px|right|Monastery under renovation]]
G'tichavank, in the Southern parts of Karabakh is one of the lesser known treasures of the region. Nestled at the top of a gorgeous mountain, we took a round about and rewarding route that eventually circled the entire amazing mountain. A rock climbers delight of sheer cliffs on one side, and a completely even, 45 degree slope of soft dirt on the other side, covered in trees at the end of their fall display when I visited.  
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Gtichavank Monastery ★85 ⟪39.593676, 46.942456⟫ (Գտչավանք, technically pronounced Gətəchavank, and more properly transliterated Gtchavank) is one of Artsakh's finest monuments. Built in the 10-13c, this architectural gem sits on a beautiful forested mountain with great views. It is sadly defaced with graffiti, including on the intricately carved khachkars, though a large ongoing restoration project should eventually address this.
  
The road up to the monastery is dirt, and in a 4x4 we had no trouble getting up all the way to the monastery, but wet and muddy conditions could have changed that. The views at the monastery are panoramic and although it was a slightly hazy day, we saw more amazing views than we could possibly photograph. There are picnic tables up there, and you should spend some time up there exploring and relaxing.
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Gtichavank was once seat to the region's religious leaders, with a school, scriptorium and library. Manuscripts say that before the present monastery was built, a famous church, which attracted many pilgrims stood, which was destroyed during Arabic rule. According to the inscription over the north door, the church was built from 1241-1248 with much toil by the brothers Sargis and Vrtanes, bishops who moved here from Amaras. They complained that these were rough times, with the Mongols ravaging everything. At the end of that century, the complex was expanded further, reaching the peak of it's prosperity as an important center of Armenian religion, politics and culture.
  
The monastery itself is under renovation. I have not really noticed graffiti on a monastery before in any noticeable amount. This place was absolutely covered from top to bottom in Armenian names painted in Russian. None of this can stop you from enjoying the partially collapsed buildings, with beautiful walls, khachkars, roof, and even a tree growing out of one section.  
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The fan-roofed main church is the finest structure of the complex, built from trimmed blocks of yellowish stone quarried in monastery's surroundings. There are intricate khachkars on either side of the interior portal, the S khachkar inscribed: "''In the year 1246, I, Ter Vrdanes put this cross for the peace of my soul''". Under the slabs on the floor are buried some of the clergy who served here, and some of Dizak’s princes.  
 
 
There is not much else I can say to do the place justice, so I will let the pictures I took try.  
 
  
 
==Plans==
 
==Plans==

Revision as of 07:58, 17 November 2020

1241-1248 AD - Near Togh Village, Hadrut Region, Karabakh

location
General view before renovation
Monastery under renovation

Gtichavank Monastery ★85 ⟪39.593676, 46.942456⟫ (Գտչավանք, technically pronounced Gətəchavank, and more properly transliterated Gtchavank) is one of Artsakh's finest monuments. Built in the 10-13c, this architectural gem sits on a beautiful forested mountain with great views. It is sadly defaced with graffiti, including on the intricately carved khachkars, though a large ongoing restoration project should eventually address this.

Gtichavank was once seat to the region's religious leaders, with a school, scriptorium and library. Manuscripts say that before the present monastery was built, a famous church, which attracted many pilgrims stood, which was destroyed during Arabic rule. According to the inscription over the north door, the church was built from 1241-1248 with much toil by the brothers Sargis and Vrtanes, bishops who moved here from Amaras. They complained that these were rough times, with the Mongols ravaging everything. At the end of that century, the complex was expanded further, reaching the peak of it's prosperity as an important center of Armenian religion, politics and culture.

The fan-roofed main church is the finest structure of the complex, built from trimmed blocks of yellowish stone quarried in monastery's surroundings. There are intricate khachkars on either side of the interior portal, the S khachkar inscribed: "In the year 1246, I, Ter Vrdanes put this cross for the peace of my soul". Under the slabs on the floor are buried some of the clergy who served here, and some of Dizak’s princes.

Plans

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Map

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