Kotavank was built by Prince Grigor Supan in 851-901. The village was called Kot in the past, and was the administrative center. It is built of fractured basalt. The entrances are from the west and the south. There are ruins of monastic cells and other buildings in the yard. The dome and roof are broken.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Kotavank 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 Kotavank 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 Kotavank Monastery depends on the weather conditions.
Kotavank is one of the valuable monuments of medieval Armenia, which, unfortunately, is half-ruined these days (reconstruction works were carried out in 1982-1986, which, however, were not completed). The structure of the church is one of the achievements of the medieval architecture of Syunik.
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