Goshavank Monastery, Tavush

Tavush sights - Goshavank MonasteryNear to Agartsin monastery there is another beacon of science and culture of ancient Armenia, Goshavank Monastery or Nor Getik where the major medieval university used to be. Goshavank was erected in 1188 on the place of ancient monastery Getik destroyed by the earthquake. The politician and outstanding scientist as well as 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 (13 th century). The view of Goshavank is majestic. 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 making it complete and noble. Goshavank monastery is also known for its khachars decorated complicated carved patterns.