Near to Haghartsin monastery you can see another beacon of science and culture of ancient Armenia, Goshavank Monastery where the major medieval university used to be. Goshavank was built in 1188 on the place of ancient monastery Getik destroyed by the earthquake. The politician and outstanding scientist, the writer of medieval Armenia, Mkhitar Gosh, whose name was given to the monastery, took part in its construction.
The monastery complex includes St.Astvatsatsin church (1196), St.Gregory church (1231), St.Gregory the Illuminator church (1241), the book-depository with belfry (1291), the school buildings, the chapel and the gallery (13th century). The view of Goshavank is beautiful.
All buildings of the complex were built in classical style with cross-shaped facades free of decor. The central building is decorated with the huge dome on round tall drum. The central dome towers over entire complex make it complete and noble. Goshavank monastery is also known for its khachkars decorated complicated carved patterns.
The cache is hidden under a pile of rocks behind the old walnut tree near the Goshavank Monastery.
The monastery stands in the mountain village of Gosh, and is a main tourist destination.
Hikers would love to know that there is a marked hiking trail (about 8 km) from Parz lich (Parz lake) to Gosh village.