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The site contains the sights of Sevan - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Sevan, where to go and where there are popular and interesting places in Sevan.

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is the largest lake in the Caucasus. Its area is 1240 km & # 178. That is why Sevan used to be called the “Geghama Sea”. This miracle of nature is located at an altitude of 1900 m in a huge mountain bowl, which is surrounded by picturesque slopes overgrown with forests, stone cliffs, steppes, alpine meadows and pebble beaches. And floating clouds seem to cling to the snowy peaks of the mountains. The area around Lake Sevan is a National Wildlife Refuge. On the shores of Sevan is always a very comfortable temperature and clean air.

The monastery was erected in the period from the 6th to the 17th centuries, above the dungeon where the baptist of Armenia languished - St. Gregory the Illuminator for the spread of Christianity, until King Trdat III decided to accept this religion as the state in 301.

In the dungeon, you can now go down, pray, light a candle, or just be alone with God. A stone bag with a high smoked arch, a small as a slit window high above and a small altar in a niche is terrible even now, despite the solid stairs leading to the exit and a bright light bulb in the middle of the arch.

The temple ensemble consists of two churches. The first church is Surb Gevorga (right), which was built by Catholicos Nerses III in 642. This church has a pit where Gregory the Illuminator languished. The dungeon where the holy elder suffered was a royal dungeon (“Khor Virap” - “deep pit”). Prisoners were lowered here into the pit, teeming with poisonous snakes and scorpions.

The second building is the main church of Surb Astvatsatsin, which was built at the end of the XVII century. This is a domed building with an adjacent bell tower.

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Sevanavank Monastery

Sevanavank Monastery is located in Armenia, on the Sevan Peninsula. The construction of the monastery was begun by the monks in the VIII century. At first, monastery walls and a chapel were built, later walls, a watchtower with a gate, three churches, household buildings and cells were erected. At the end of the 9th century, the king of Armenia Ashot Zhelezny lived for some time in the monastery. Under the walls of the monastery there was a battle with the Arabs, which he led. The monks of Sevanavank took part in the battle.

In the XVI-XVII centuries the monastery lost its walls, which were destroyed, and in 1930 the monastery was closed. Two churches of three survived to our days - Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin. Currently, the monastery is active again. When it is located Theological Seminary named after Vazgen I.

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Ayravank Monastery

Hayravank Monastery, founded in the 9th century, is located in the village of Hayravank, in Armenia. The monastery complex includes a church, a chapel built in the X century, and a narthex attached to the church in the XII century. Gradually, chapels were built in the eastern part of the church. Around the monastery you can see many tombstones and khachkars, which are part of the cemetery.

The church is built of rough-hewn stone. The main entrance is framed by a semicircular wide strip. In the architecture of the vault of the church, one can notice the features of a stalactite vaulted ceiling, which helps to achieve the alternation of light and shadow due to the movement of the sun's rays.

The monastery is located on the rocky shore of the magnificent Lake Sevan, one of the most famous alpine lakes in the world. The monastery offers beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding area. In the northwest direction from the monastery you can see the Bronze Age fortress.

Vazgenyan Seminary

The Vazgenyan Theological Seminary is located on the Sevan Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Sevan, in Armenia. It was named in memory of the Catholicos of All Armenians Vazgen I. The seminary prepares future ministers for the Armenian Apostolic Church. At the beginning of its existence, the seminary was located in an auxiliary building, built in 1897. The reopening of the seminary took place in 1990. The seminary complex also includes 2 churches.

A dining room was built between the two buildings. In 2002, a new seminary building was built, which includes separate study and bedroom buildings and a library. In the educational building there are offices and classrooms. A chapel was built on the territory of the academy complex. Today, up to 80 people can study at the academy.

The seminary organizes meetings with artists and scientists and holds scientific conferences. In 2008, the first issue of the spiritual and cultural periodical publication "Vazgenyan Seminary" was published. Since 2010, the Russian language laboratory has been operating in the seminary, which was created as a sign of cooperation between the Vazgenyan seminary and the St. Petersburg Orthodox Academy named after St. Alexander Nevsky.

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7 comments

Nice here. It will be necessary to somehow get to Armenia in order to look at such beauty. Yes, and at the same time swimming in the lake ...

Very useful article! We came to Sevan from Georgia, and there Misha Shufutinsky yelled from all the speakers and everywhere crowds of tourists walked around. Well, we immediately ran away to Yerevan, but it seemed that we had to travel around the province. Next time I will use the card from the article. It is especially interesting to get to the ancient cemetery and to the double-arch bridge.

Ohhh, so you, it turns out, have not even heard of the Noratus cemetery before?
Oh yes, it seems you wrote earlier that you are not interested in popular tourist attractions. And apparently, they could hardly have known about this cemetery, not to mention the natural arched bridge in the village of Takkar.

Good, clear presentation. Armenia seems to be close, but almost unknown. I would like to reproach the author for a little grammar (not spelling), but we are not at school.

I love the old days in architecture. I was not in those parts, but I hope that someday I will call

Terrific places, we’ll definitely visit Armenia, they say that the country is quite expensive, right?

I would not say that dear. Slightly cheaper than Russia and Turkey, but slightly more expensive than neighboring Georgia and especially Iran (and there, for example, gasoline costs 5-10 times cheaper than in Russia).

Geography and climate

Sevan is of volcanic origin. The lake is located 60 km northeast of Yerevan and lies at an altitude of 1900 m above sea level. Sevan is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. 28 rivers flow into it, and only one flows out - Hrazdan. The lake is surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges. Allocate Small Sevan (western part, deeper) and Big Sevan (eastern part).

Lake Sevan has a continental climate. Winter here is quite cold. Summer is warm. In the lake basin, sections of oak-hornbeam forests with an admixture of maple, as well as artificial pine plantations, poplar groves, sucker and shrubbery (juniper, barberry, dogrose) have been preserved.

Sevan in winter

Best time to visit

It is better to come to Sevan in July and August to enjoy the beaches and swim. In summer, the water temperature reaches 21 ° C. It is better to choose western beaches - more secluded and picturesque.

Beach on Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan arose 25-30 thousand years ago. In ancient times, it was part of the Armenian province of Syunik and was called Gelamovo Lake. In 921, the Arab army was defeated here. This battle was called Sevan.

The modern name of the lake, apparently, is a derivative of the Armenian words "sowing", which means black and "wank" - a monastery. According to another version, the name Sevan comes from the Urartian word "sunia" meaning lake.

There is a legend that when the Armenians who lived on Lake Van in Eastern Anatolia came to these lands, then, while missing their warm homeland, they complained that they got “Black Van (Sev Van)”.

Sights

Sevanavank is an ancient monastery founded in the 9th century. It is the main symbol of Lake Sevan. Sevanavank is built of dark tufa and is considered a masterpiece of sacred Armenian architecture. The monastery can be reached by a steep staircase, on which there are small shops with drinks and all kinds of souvenirs.

Noratus

Noratus is an ancient Armenian village, which in the 14th century was the residence of Armenian princes. The most remarkable attraction here is an old cemetery with stunning khachkars. Khachkar is an architectural monument made of stone with a carved image of a cross. Most khachkars in Noratus date from the 14th-17th centuries. The oldest khachkar was made in the 5th century.

Geghard

Geghard is a unique medieval monastery located 40 km from Yerevan in the gorge of the Gokht River. Included in the list of World Heritage Sites. The monastery was founded in the 4th century. Nothing remains of that ancient structure. Most of the surviving structures date back to the 12th-13th centuries. The main feature of the monastery is the cave chapel. Some of them are completely carved in the rock, others are nothing but caves. You can also see other buildings with architecturally complex wall sections and rooms deep inside the rock base.

Ayrawank

Ayravank is a secluded medieval monastery founded in the 9th century. Located on the western shore of the lake. To the northwest of the Ayravank Monastery, you can see the ruins of a Bronze Age fortress.

Hovanavank

Hovanavank is a medieval monastery located in the village of Oganavan 86 km from Lake Sevan. In the past it was one of the main monasteries in Armenia. Also here you can see fragments of early Christian buildings of 4-5 centuries.

Makeniac

Makeniac is a 13th-century medieval monastery located 5 km south of Lake Sevan. Previously, it was decorated with numerous khachkars, which were placed along the walls of the building, as well as the external walls surrounding the monastery. The church is surrounded by an old cemetery with medieval and later graves.

Map of Sevan and surroundings

Sevan is a large lake, the road along the south coast has a length of about 105 kilometers, and along the north (which is closer to the border with Azerbaijan) - almost 130 km, in total, you will have to drive about 235 kilometers to go around the entire lake “around the perimeter”.

We have prepared for you a detailed map of Lake Sevan and its environs with all the attractions recommended by hotels, cafes and restaurants, as well as infrastructure points (ATMs, currency exchange):

On the map are marked:

  • Green - objects located on Lake Sevan, or in close proximity
  • Orange color - objects near Lake Sevan (within 50 km)
  • In red - objects that can be reached as part of a one-day round trip (although spending the night in them will not be superfluous)

You can download all the objects of this map for the future:

  • As an Excel file for easy travel planning in the future
  • In the form of KML, KMZ and GPX files - for convenient downloading to your favorite navigation application (for example, Maps.me)

As you can see, most hotels and attractions, as well as beaches and other objects of "civilization" are concentrated on the southern coast of Sevan. But to the north there are a couple of not crowded and interesting places to visit.

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