Monastery Sevanavank
Monastery Sevanavank
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  • Yuliya
    Moscow, Russia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place , not so great people in the church
    Amazing and beautiful place. But be aware of a strange woman , working in one of the churches. Shouting at visitors (my elderly father) with rude words, while they lit a candle, because one of the candles fekl at a place like this is at the very least not appropriate.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Kritsana P
    Rayong, Thailand1,899 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    The monastery surrounding with Sevan lake and mountain. It's the beautiful landscape. There is parking lot nearby with 200 AMD. Afterthat 10 minutes walk to the top of the hill to visit the monastery and enjoy very nice view. So many restaurant and souvenir shop.nearby.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modest sacred buildings, unparalleled site.
    The traveler who has already visited some main Armenian churches will not be particularly impressed by the architecture of Sevanavank: only two churches remain here (in the past there were more), moreover somewhat restored in Soviet times, not visible inside (at least when we visited the place). However, what is truly out of the ordinary is the location of the site, on the top of a hill overlooking Lake Sevan. In turn, the position of the lake, at an altitude of about 1900 m, therefore with the surrounding mountains covered with snow until late spring (when we visited the site), in my opinion gives the traveler a sensation of the sublime, of "elevation towards the 'high'", which fits well with the mystical aura of the churches. At the foot of the monastery, the tourist suburb that has sprung up near the lake is rather tacky, and crowded with visitors in the summer; but this seems to be the price to pay in the contemporary world.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lake + churches
    The special charm of Sevanavank is its setting of 2 iconic churches against the background of Lake Sevan, surrounded by mountains. Which makes it a very attractive spot for tourists and weddings . . . which can make a visit a disappointing experience with stairs crowded and entrance to church blocked with boisterous wedding guests. The complex features 2 churches : Surp Arakelots (Holy Apostles) and Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), they look very similar with cruciform shape and 0ctagonal towers. There must have been older structures of which you can see ruins ; there is also a wonderful collection of Khachkars stacked against the entry wall of the church.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Priya V
    Coventry, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning veiws
    The monasteries of Armenia are well worth the visit due to thier historical significance and the associated stories. Sevanavank is the same but has the added draw of absolutely stunning veiws of the Sevan lake. Its a fair walk up, not difficult though. The views from atop were just stunning. Well worth it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
  • mrc282
    World8,713 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the most famous monastery in lake sevan
    this monastery reminds me a little of monastery of st naum at lake ohrid in north macedonia. in any case, it overlooks lake sevan and the snow-capped mountains (in march). per google map, there is a road up but no car is allowed. so everybody climb the series of stairs up. sevan writer's house is nearby but looks closed/abandoned
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written March 18, 2024
  • Tour Guide Welcome to Armenia
    Armenia76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl of the Armenian nature world.
    Blue-eyed Lake Sevan is the most beautiful lake in Armenia. It's stunning due its numerous colors. it is the main source of irrigation water and provides low cost electricity, fish, recreation, and tourism. Definitely it's worth to visit both lake and the gorgeous monastery Sevananq.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 30, 2024
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Tour Guide Welcome to Armenia
Armenia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Blue-eyed Lake Sevan is the most beautiful lake in Armenia. It's stunning due its numerous colors. it is the main source of irrigation water and provides low cost electricity, fish, recreation, and tourism.
Definitely it's worth to visit both lake and the gorgeous monastery Sevananq.
Written May 30, 2024
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mrc282
World8,713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
this monastery reminds me a little of monastery of st naum at lake ohrid in north macedonia.

in any case, it overlooks lake sevan and the snow-capped mountains (in march).

per google map, there is a road up but no car is allowed. so everybody climb the series of stairs up.

sevan writer's house is nearby but looks closed/abandoned
Written March 18, 2024
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Priya V
Coventry, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The monasteries of Armenia are well worth the visit due to thier historical significance and the associated stories. Sevanavank is the same but has the added draw of absolutely stunning veiws of the Sevan lake. Its a fair walk up, not difficult though. The views from atop were just stunning. Well worth it.
Written December 25, 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The special charm of Sevanavank is its setting of 2 iconic churches against the background of Lake Sevan, surrounded by mountains. Which makes it a very attractive spot for tourists and weddings . . . which can make a visit a disappointing experience with stairs crowded and entrance to church blocked with boisterous wedding guests.
The complex features 2 churches : Surp Arakelots (Holy Apostles) and Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), they look very similar with cruciform shape and 0ctagonal towers. There must have been older structures of which you can see ruins ; there is also a wonderful collection of Khachkars stacked against the entry wall of the church.
Written November 9, 2023
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Nicholas N
Copenhagen, Denmark872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The monastery is quite nice and you get a really great view of the lake. You can go in as well and it's free.
Written October 11, 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The traveler who has already visited some main Armenian churches will not be particularly impressed by the architecture of Sevanavank: only two churches remain here (in the past there were more), moreover somewhat restored in Soviet times, not visible inside (at least when we visited the place).
However, what is truly out of the ordinary is the location of the site, on the top of a hill overlooking Lake Sevan. In turn, the position of the lake, at an altitude of about 1900 m, therefore with the surrounding mountains covered with snow until late spring (when we visited the site), in my opinion gives the traveler a sensation of the sublime, of "elevation towards the 'high'", which fits well with the mystical aura of the churches.
At the foot of the monastery, the tourist suburb that has sprung up near the lake is rather tacky, and crowded with visitors in the summer; but this seems to be the price to pay in the contemporary world.
Written August 1, 2023
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Kritsana P
Rayong, Thailand1,899 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The monastery surrounding with Sevan lake and mountain. It's the beautiful landscape.

There is parking lot nearby with 200 AMD.
Afterthat 10 minutes walk to the top of the hill to visit the monastery and enjoy very nice view.

So many restaurant and souvenir shop.nearby.
Written July 22, 2023
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Yuliya
Moscow, Russia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Amazing and beautiful place. But be aware of a strange woman , working in one of the churches. Shouting at visitors (my elderly father) with rude words, while they lit a candle, because one of the candles fekl at a place like this is at the very least not appropriate.
Written July 2, 2023
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is a collection of buildings on an amazing viewpoint of Lake Sevan. There are quite a few steps up to the sites and, yes, it's another monastery but it is worth the walk up the hill.

We ventured past further up the hill but were stopped by some soldiers. Apparently the president's summer house is over the hill overlooking the lake.
Written October 13, 2022
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Aboriginesdream
Leeds, UK85 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
RIP OFF RESTAURANT

There’s a restaurant ahead of you as you come down the steps from the monastery.

There are no prices on anything. A very chatty pushy woman runs the place. We ordered black tea two cups, a coffee and two baklavas. The pastries were dried up and stale , the coffee was half a cup of tepid liquid. The bill was 17 uk pounds. Avoid this place.
Written October 10, 2022
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