|Points of Interest|
|Khaghoghorhnerk/ Blessing of Grapes|
|Aug 14 - Aug 22||500||650||per person, BB|
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to the Church of S.Astvatsatsin
(Mother of God) and the smaller Church of S.Arakelots
(Holy Apostles, later S.Karapet) are both located on a
peninsula which was once an island in Lake Sevan .
According to an inscription on the south wall of the
Church of S.Arakelots, the monastery was founded in
874 AD and it is attributed to Princess Mariam, the
wife of Prince Vasak of Kapur and the daughter of
the Bagratuni King Asot. For several centuries
thereafter it remained an important spiritual center
and was a pilgrimage site for thousands of visitors
from all parts of Armenia. Today, the monastery
consists of only the two churches and a ruined gavit
which are all situated on the southwest side if a hill
overlooking Lake Sevan.
The Church of S.Arakelots
has a trefoil inscribed within a cross type plan
surmounted by a conical dome. The entrance portal is
framed by and arch located on the southwest side.
A short distance to the southeast is the Church of
S.Astvatsatsin which was built in a similar fashion
immediately after the completion of S.Arakelots. However,
S.Astvatsatsin has some additional chapel and chamber
spaces and has a somewhat wider plan.The ruined gavit,
located to the west of S.Astvatsatsin has been dated to
the 9th or 10th century and was comprised of a square
space over which an erdik (corbelled lantern or dome)
was supported by a pair of wooden piers. Continue tour
to Parz lake in Dilijan. Overnight at the hotel in Dilijan.
Transfer to the Airport
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