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Noravank (New Monastery) is a XIII-XIV century monastic complex located deep in a narrow gorge near the city of Yeghegnadzor. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, red – almost fuchsia- cliffs, rising along the sides of the road and directly across from the Monastery. From the distance Noravank seems to blend with its surroundings and at first is hard to spot. It’s perched high up on a flat surface of grass-covered rock and looms majestically over anyone who approaches.

Noravank, Monastery in Armenia

In 13th-14th centuries, Noravank was a major spiritual center for Orbelian princes. The complex includes the church of St. Karapet, St.Grigor Chapeland the church of Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), a masterpiece of most celebrated Armenian architect, sculptor and miniaturist Momik. Both churches and the chapel are adorned with Momik’s reliefs and miniatures of spiritual significance: depictions of God, Christ, saints and the Apostles, medallions, interlaced bands around windows and doors, doves and sirens with women’s crowned heads, large letters interlaced by leaves and flowers, Vortan Karmir (cochineal red) ornaments,a splendid carved lion/human tombstone dated 1300 CE covers the grave of one of Orbelian princes…

Noravank is one of those places that are so impressive, tranquil and peaceful – they are hard to describe; it must be seen with  own eyes.