Saghmosavank, Alphabet Monument, and Amberd Tour from Yerevan

Saghmosavank, Alphabet Monument, and Amberd Tour from Yerevan
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$19
Duration: 7 hours
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Description

On this 7-hour tour you will visit Saghmosavank is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex, unique due to its frescoes with biblical themes and the perfect harmony with environment: Mount Aragats and vertical cliffs of Kasakh gorge. Next up is the Alley of Letters that was built on the slopes of Mount Aragats in honor to the 1600th anniversary of the creation of Armenian alphabet. This monument is unique not only in Armenia, but all around the world. See Amberd, a fortress on the southern slope of Mount Aragats, founded in the 7th century. Enjoy a barbecue picnic (own cost). See Karmravor is a seven- century church the only one in Armenia with a red tile roof. Finally visit the village Oshakan which is one of the holy places in Armenia.

Begin your tour with pickup from your central hotel in Yerevan or at a central meeting point at 9 am. Then, travel out of the city by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, heading into the western Armenia.

Make your first stop at the Saghmosavank Monastery, situated on the edge of the Kasakh River canyon with Mt. Aragat rising in the distance. Built in the 13th century by Vachutian dukes and famous for its frescoes, the monastery’s main church is adjacent to the Scriptorium, where many manuscripts have been produced through the centuries.

Your next stop is the Armenian Alphabet monument in the village of Artashavan. Constructed in 2005 to honor the 1,600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet, this unique sculpture was designed by famous Armenian architect, Jim Torosyan.

Next up, visit Amberd, a 7th-century fortress that reflects the main features of medieval fortress design. Built on a naturally well-defended cape on the slopes of Mt. Aragat, Amberd served as an important military stronghold for many years.

Near the fort is Karmravor Church, built in 1026 by the Duke Vahram Pahlavuni. This exquisite church is regarded as the jewel of Ashtarak and was also constructed in the 7th century. Still almost completely intact, the church has a crucifix-shaped ground plan inside and out, topped by a Byzantine-style red-tile roof.

Enjoy a barbecue picnic (additional cost) and make your last stop at Oshakan village, considered a holy place since the 5th century for being the 440 AD burial place of Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of Armenia’s alphabet. A small chapel was built over his tomb by the Duke Vahan Amatuni, and replaced in the 19th century by the Church of St. Mesrop Mashtots.

After visiting Oshakan, return to Yerevan where your tour finishes at the original central meeting point.

On this 7-hour tour you will visit Saghmosavank is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex, unique due to its frescoes with biblical themes and the perfect harmony with environment: Mount Aragats and vertical cliffs of Kasakh gorge. Next up is the Alley of Letters that was built on the slopes of Mount Aragats in honor to the 1600th anniversary of the creation of Armenian alphabet. This monument is unique not only in Armenia, but all around the world. See Amberd, a fortress on the southern slope of Mount Aragats, founded in the 7th century. Enjoy a barbecue picnic (own cost). See Karmravor is a seven- century church the only one in Armenia with a red tile roof. Finally visit the village Oshakan which is one of the holy places in Armenia.