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Spitakavor St. Virgin and Proshaberd


Spitakavor Monastery is located about 7km from Vernashen village, on the south slope of a nearby peak. The Monastery consists of a church and a court. It is enclosed, and inside the enclosures are found residential buildings of the congregation and the cemetery. Inscriptions found on the Monastery refer to it as Spitakavor St. Virgin’s desert, St Karapet’s desert, and St. Grigor’s desert. The stone high-relief of the door façade is typical in the sculptures, on which is depicted the infant Jesus in the arms of holy Virgin. The exact date of construction is not known, but according writings it refers to the 13th century. The enclosure walls of the monastery are high and thick, constructed of mud with different size rocks and stones. The lower parts of several residential buildings and walls of Monastery congregation are preserved inside the enclosures. These are very small and are constructed of mud with river-stones. A few graves are noticed inside the monastery enclosure. There are also trees of almond, walnut, pear, and apple around the Monastery. On the western part of the monastery grounds flows a water source. Two kilometers north-east from the monastery is Proshaberd, which sits atop a rocky hilltop and is almost inaccessible. The south east corner entrance consists of a narrow hole where the visitor passes under 3 huge stones. The inside of the fortress is an irregular square of approximately 50-step diameter. There are 40-50 arched, lime-mixed, stone-made rooms, two of which in the south part are still complete. There is also a well-maintained lime-walled, deep and wide reservoir in the center of the fortress. This served as a store of water whereby water flowed in through clay water pipelines from nearby slopes to the west and east.

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