Vanevan Monastery is an Armenian Apostolic Monastery complex in eastern part of Artsvanist village of Gegharkunik province of the Republic of Armenia. It was founded in the early Middle Ages. According to the construction inscription, the main St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of the monument was built by the Armenian Commanding Shapuh Bagratuni in 903. The main church is built of basalt, and the arches and the dome are made of tuff. It has a four-storey interior, with two oriental vestries in the east. According to the inscription on the wall, the commander gave the monastery four villages and mills.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Vanevan 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 Vanevan 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 Vanevan Monastery depends on the weather conditions.
The Armenian king Smbat Bagratuni, who died during the Arab invasion, was buried in the monastery Vanevan in 914.
Vanevan received numerous donations from the 13th to the 14th century. The village was devastated during the raids of the Turkish tribes in the 16th century, and the monastery complex was abandoned along with the village.
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