Gharghavank


Gharghavank, Central Armenia

"Gharghavank is located on the outskirts of the village of Zoravan on the lower slopes of Mount Ara in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. To get to the church turn left immediately after the small cemetery before reaching the village and go up the dirt road that follows closely next to the cemetery grounds. At the fork keep following left up past the cemetery along a poorly maintained dirt road. After traveling some distance the church will be perched upon the hillside to the right. Gharghavank may actually be seen from the main highway in the distance but is hardly distinguishable from the other ruins of more modern structures scattered nearby. A short walk up the hill leads to the church and an ancient cemetery a little further up the hill." "IntroGharghavank is located on the outskirts of the village of Zoravan on the lower slopes of Mount Ara in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. To get to the church turn left immediately after the small cemetery before reaching the village and go up the dirt road that follows closely next to the cemetery grounds. At the fork keep following left up past the cemetery along a poorly maintained dirt road. After traveling some distance the church will be perched upon the hillside to the right. Gharghavank may actually be seen from the main highway in the distance but is hardly distinguishable from the other ruins of more modern structures scattered nearby. A short walk up the hill leads to the church and an ancient cemetery a little further up the hill. Architectu Gharghavank was built between the years 661 to 685 by Prince Grigor Mamikonian. The church is a centrally-planned aisled tetraconch type with eight semicircular apses radiating from the interior octagonal space. Exteriors of the eight apse walls alternat is carved a cruciform khachkar design. In the corners of the triangular niches on the exterior are columnar decorations. Other designs may be seen around the saddles above the windows the eaves and cornices and decorative features that were once around the portals. Foliage relief may be seen around the windows while geometric relief is along the eaves and cornices. There are also traces of painted relief on the interior of the church. Decorative relief found on the church resembles that at the 7th century Church of Zvartnots at where the collapsed portion of the wall stands rebuilt today. Some rebar may be seen along the section of the upper wall where the drum once stood hinting at prior intentions to rebuild portions of the drum as well. Funeral Chapel and CemeteryA short distance from the church are the remains of another structure that served as a funeral chapel. Only a semicircular apse remains standi and a single window peers out below. A cemetery is located nearby with a few khachkars that remain preserved. Many only have a base stone where they once stood. Sources: Wikipedia" 0 0 Monastery monastery "A short walk up the hill leads to the church and an ancient cemetery a little further up the hill." 09-17



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