• Фото Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries
  • Фото Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries
  • Фото Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries
  • Фото Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries
  • Фото Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries
  • Фото Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries

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Uploaded 17 листопада 2015

Recorded листопада 2015

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1 613 m
1 242 m
6,59 km

Переглянуто 2751 раз(и), завантажено 58 раз(и)

біля Ohanavan, Aragatsotn (አርሜኒያ)

Hiking trail description
This hike, in the Aragatsotn region, will take you through beautiful mountainous scenery and to the Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank monasteries. You will see the Hatis mountain (2,524 m) to the east, Ararat (5,165m) to the west, Ara (2,605 m) to the south, and Aragats (4,095m) - Armenia’s highest peak - to the north. The hike will first take you to Hovhannavank, then down into the river gorge, and along the river up to Saghmosavank. Chapels and monasteries made of stone can be found in ruins along the way. Caves and animal dens are spread along the canyon. The return is from Saghmosavank village.

Monuments description
Saghmosavank Monastery stands on the edge of the deep Kasakh river gorge. Built by Prince Vache Vachutyan and his dynasty in the 13th century, the monastery consists of the St. Sion and St. Astvatsatsin (St. Holy Mother of God) churches, a narthex and a scriptorium. St. Sion is the main church of the complex; it is a domed church with several aisles and a four-pillared narthex on its west side. The scriptorium-church is located on the southeast of St. Sion. It differs from other scriptoriums of its time through its unique layout, wherein its walls have niches and it has an altar on its east side. A cemetery, full of remarkable cross stones and monuments is located on the north end of the monastery.

Hovhannavank Monastery (built between the 5th - 13th centuries) rests on the right edge of the Kasakh river gorge in the Ohanavan village. It was dedicated to John the Baptist, and was a part of the historic Ararat province of Greater Armenia. Legend credits its’ founding to Gregory the Illuminator (3rd – 4th centuries). According to Arakel of Tabriz (17th century), the monastery was named Hovhannavank after Hovhann, who Ghazar Parpetsi appointed as leader of the monastery. The main church of the monastery was built between 1,216-1,221 by the order of Vache Vachutyan, whose son later added the narthex in 1,250. The church, now surrounded by cemeteries, used to have wide arable lands, gardens, pastures, mills and villages. It was also a remarkable center of education, with a rich repository of manuscripts (some of which have been preserved up to this day). In the 17th century, Zakaria Sarkgavag Kanakertsi lived here. It was he who wrote the story of Hovhannavank. Hovhannavank became inactive in the 19th century.

Yellow flowers are spread throughout the hike, and are commonly known as ascension flowers, as they bloom on the eve of Ascension Day (a religious event). There are also yellow dandelions, chamomiles, blue forget-me-nots, colorful violets, flowering thorn plants, edible mushrooms, and herbs; the herbs are collected by the villagers in spring and used in cooking, especially in dishes that include eggs. There are apricot, peach, and apple tree orchards adjacent to the hike. The flora is lush on either side of the hike in the spring and summer.

In Aragatsotn, the meadows, cornfields, and slopes up to the summit are abundant with reptiles; the dilapidated monuments are full of snakes (like vipers and green adders) and lizards. In the mountain forests brown bears can be seen, as well as their tracks and dens. The sightings of hares, wolves and foxes are also common. Birds like wood and field larks, owls, quails, wood-chat shrikes, griffon vultures and others inhabit the forest here.

Safety and Connectivity
Mobile telephone coverage (via Ucom and VivaCell-Mts) is usually available on the hike from Saghmosavank to Hovhannavank. It is not advisable to go down the gorge in rainy weather, so as not to slip. The 911 emergency services operate throughout Armenian in case of any accidents.
Be sure to bring bottled water!

Technical parameters
Best period: April -November
Distance: 30 km from Yerevan
Hiking trail description: 7.13km
Walk duration: 3.5 hours (please consider this time and do not rely on GPS data)
Altitude from Sea Level: 1253-1612m
Visible Trail Surface: 90%, 10% easily discernible

How to Get There
The most convenient option is to take a taxi from Yerevan to Saghmosavank. It is advisable to take a taxi with a working meter (be sure the driver uses it), or agree on a price beforehand.








2 коментарів

  • andrea kirkby 12 вер. 2017

    This worked fine until about 5km in. I coudn't find any way up to Sagmosavank. There is a load of construction work going on. Since it was late afternoon I decided to walk back to Hovannavank rather than continue once the trail had disappeared and hope I could find a way out of the canyon.

    Almost all the way markers are broken and have been laid down pointing in completely wrong directions.

  • MariaDermosessian 27 груд. 2017

    I have followed this trail  View more

    There's a dirt road that goes through the trail, and the river is always on the right - that made it easy to find my way. There were no road markings except towards the end of the trail when I had already arrived at the last village. Being in late December, it was quite muddy with patches of ice here and there. The locals at the beginning of the trail warned me of bears being in the valley, and there was a dog carcass on the way, so maybe that's something to look out for.

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