The monastery of Hayravank is located in the eponymous village on the rocky coast of an amazing Alpine lake Sevan is one of the main Christian sites of this region.
The monastery was founded in the IX century the Monastic complex consists of churches, chapels, built in the X century, and the porch attached to the Church in the XII century. after some time on the East side of the Church was built chapels. Around the monastery there is a huge number of gravestones and khachkars, which are part of an ancient cemetery. The Church was built of roughly hewn stone.
The main entrance to the monastery is lined with numerous crosses, which is already here for many hundreds of years put on the monastery walls, the pilgrims coming here. The entrance is not so richly decorated as other churches of the XIII-XV century its Main decoration is a broad semicircular strip. The portal closes the creaky door. Once directly over the precipice was a second entrance, which led to the steep narrow path from the yard. Currently the entrance is filled up.
Light into the chapel through a narrow window openings. The architect probably used this play of light as an artistic effect to adorn with rays of the sun the interior of this gloomy temple.
The architectural appearance of the monastery buildings has the form of a rough draft of the Armenian churches of the XIII century, there are well some visible elements of the new style and the characteristic features belonging to the later temples. However, they are still very far from perfect. For example, the sides of the tent had not yet acquired a natural curvature and still remain straight, causing the drum looks unfinished.
From the monastery of Hayravank amazing views of the lake and its surroundings.