It was in the middle of the afternoon when we reached our 3rd destination for the day, right after our Geghard Monastery tour. Didn’t know what to find, we made our way up the steps and surprise ourselves with what we saw. It was not the usual kind of day trip. We marveled through back time.
1. The lake.
Being the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region, Lake Sevan is considered to be a spectacular treasure hidden somewhere in the Gegharkunik Province. This blue pearl of Armenians is also one of the most visited destinations in the country.
The skyline-blue lake is peaceful and statue still. It was so relaxing as the atmosphere was convent quiet. Plus the cold breath of the wind touching our faces and skins!
2. The monastery.
Atop the peninsula hill, we found the Sevanavank Monastery or the so-called “Black Monastery” by the locals. It consists of two incredible temples: the Surb Arkaletos (Holy Apostles) and the Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God).
Local legend had it that it was Princess Mariam, daughter of then king Ashtot II, built these two rough-hewn temples. That is why the monastery is also known as Mariamashen, meaning “built by Mariam”.
3. The view.
The view from the top is simply magnificent. Those two ancient structures overlooking the lake and surrounded by the mountains are too attractive. Fascinated by its charm, we stayed for a little while and live the magic of the moment. The idyllic scenes just took our breath away!
There is no wonder why Armenia is wonderfully rich in culture and history. Different monasteries exist in every different place. And each one has its own story to tell. Looking around, they are just too intriguing.
4. The remnant.
Unruffled by strong winds and harsh rains that come every now and then, these two structures stood beautifully. Inscriptions dating back to the 9th century and crosses carved in huge stone tablets can be seen in the place. We may not have understood what was written but we are 100% certain that these plays significant importance on today’s Armenia.
5. The outcome.
Before coming here, we never knew anything about the monastery’s history. Not even the lake’s background. Because it is one of the famous spots for travelers and is always included in package tours for groups, we just decided to go and see what’s in store. Well, it turned out to be our best and finest place in Armenia! We may not have the same taste as the others but we believed that Lake Sevan and the Sevanavank Monastery is a common ground for travelers eyeing a brilliant escape!