Kaptavank is one of the most prominent monuments of medieval Armenia. It is situated 5 km to the south-west from Chinchin village in Tavush Province. It was built in the middle of the XII century. It was mentioned as St. Astvatsatsin in the records. Kaptavank was a monastery complex in the past, but only the church survived. The church is built limestone of bluish tint. The monastery was once fenced and surrounded with an old settlement. An ancient cemetery lies on the east part of the church.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Kaptavank Monastery by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Kaptavank Monastery the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Kaptavank Monastery depends on the weather conditions.
It is assumed that the name of the monument comes from bluish stones ("Kapuyt" means blue).
You can see old secret shelters made of unprocessed stone about a kilometer south-west of the monastery, on inaccessible rocks around the gorge.
THE FORTRESS OF TAVUSH / TSLIK AMRAM’S FORTRESS
Private: NEW VARAGAVANK
IJEVAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND REGIONAL STUDIES