Throughout centuries, Armenian monasteries have played a great role in the spiritual, cultural and political life of the Armenian people. These holy sites are recognized not only as centers of prayer, but also as scriptoriums where numerous works and translations were scripted, hand-copied and passed on to generations to come. Many of the church complexes represent magnificent and inimitable samples of the Armenian ancient and medieval architecture.
This is a monastic complex located to the east of the village of Saghmosavan in Aragatsotn marz of Armenia, on the right bank of the River Kasakh, atop a precipitous gorge. According to tradition, the monastery was founded by Gregory the Enlightener.