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Jukhtak Monastery

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XI- XII AD - Tavush Marz

Jukhtak Monastery

From the main Dilijan Town roundabout 3.2 km W of Dilijan on the Vanadzor (upper left) road, the N fork (has signs leading to the monastery) of a small roundabout leads under the orange railroad bridge about 2.7 km to the ornate iron gates of the Dilijan mineral water factory (less salty than Jermuk, this recently revived table water was in early 1999 trying to recapture a share of the Yerevan bottled water market). A dirt road (impassible to cars due to landslides) leads up to the right to (10 minutes on foot) Jukhtak Vank*, nestled in an attractive forest grove with picnic tables. The near church, St. Grigor, was built probably in the 11th or 12th c. The dome disappeared long ago, and the foundation and walls have been brutally reinforced against the collapsing soft stone below. The W church, S. Astvatsatsin, has this inscription: “In the year 1201, in the Amirdom of Lasha and the Khanate of (missing), I Hayrapet, abbot of S. Petros Monastery, built S. Astvatsatsin with the hope that every sunrise in both vestibules one mass will be offered for me and one for my brother Shmavon, and in all the churches for my parents.” Khachkars. Across the road from Jukhtak is the trail to nearby Matosavank Monastery.

Source: Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook

Interior view