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Hayravank Monastery

Lake Sevan, Armenia

Cultural Treasure

On the western shore of the Great Lake of Sevan, and often considered secondary to the other monastery in the northern peninsula, Hayravank no less impresses. Founded in the 9th to 12th centuries of medieval Armenia, the monastery is a beautiful example of Armenian architecture with its four apses that intersect with its dome atop. The surroundings are what sets apart this complex, though, with the endless lake stretching east and Bronze-age fortifications just a few hundreds meters to the north. This time capsule is evidence of the importance of this route along the western shore of Sevan during the Silk Roads and even before.

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On the western shore of Lake Sevan, approximately 25 km south of Sevan, the largest nearby town.


Constructed during the 9th to 12 centuries A.D.


As a place of worship on the shores of Sevan during the medieval period of Armenia. 


One of the most important historical sites around Sevan and a popular location for visitors to explore.

Our Visit

Comparing to its counterpart Sevenavank, Hayravank was much more relaxed and empty, with only a few other visitors. The location is amazing with views of Sevan and unique rocks surrounding it. It was simple to reach from the town of Sevan as it is less than 30 minutes to the south, reached by your own wheels or a taxi for 3,000-5,000 dram (2023).


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